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Hinsdale Middle School remodels during spring break

'This has never looked as well as it has today'

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:16 p.m. CST
(Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com)
Rocky May, dean of students, directs kids to their buses Feb. 4 after their first day back at Hinsdale Middle School, which was closed for two weeks while crews eradicated mold. SERVPRO crews had to complete a host of projects in recent weeks, and the process will be completed by late April or May.

HINSDALE – Convening Monday’s District 181 Committee of the Whole meeting at Hinsdale Middle School was fitting, as it marked the day the school’s mold endeavor was nearly over.

“It’s awesome that our schedule had us here at Hinsdale Middle School because our focus over spring break was a lot of construction that occurred,” Superintendent Renee Schuster said. “It was quite a dramatic change from right before spring break.”

Work to eradicate mold found at the school was completed in late January, and students returned to the building during the first week of February.

Here are the top five tasks that SERVPRO, a company hired by the district in January to handle most of the mold eradication, undertook from March 29 to April 6 to finish the process.

1. Installed a new control system on the HVAC air handlers to better monitor temperature and fresh air exchange

2. Finished sanding the drywall

3. Baseboard installation

4. Painting

5. Floor tile installed in Room 212

The Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations Gary Frisch said a “tremendous” amount of work was accomplished at Hinsdale Middle School during spring break with the exception of some tile put down by SERVPRO that needs to be sealed and waxed.

That task will be completed during a later weekend in April or May, Frisch said.

“The building feels good, the fresh air feels good inside,” Frisch said. “This has never looked as well as it has today.”

“I’ve been here a year and a half and this is by far the best it’s ever looked.”

Frisch said the collaboration of several staff and administrators helped expedite the process.

“We remediated probably 20 years of mold in the building, so we accomplished a ton in this short period of time and cleaned up a lot,” he said. “I think the building now we can say is in great shape compared to where it was.”

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