NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Although summer often provides a break from school for students and teachers, it's the busiest time of year for school district facilities' staff members.
In Nacogdoches ISD, the projects require working all hours of the day.
Roofers are nearing completion of Nacogdoches High School's largest capital improvement for this summer. The installation of insulation and decking on the flat roof keeps contract workers busy, but hot. They know the formula for coping with the heat of the day.
"We try to stay hydrated. They drink lots of water," said Bobby Frazier, the general manager of Carney Roofing. "Eat lots of fruit. Takes lots of breaks."
The hardest part is removal of the old pitch and gravel roof. Across the way are the Friday night lights. Roofers shine with LED lights.
"The schedule, they start at 3 a.m. They usually work 'til 5:30, 6 o'clock," Frazier "We try to have the tear off done by 7, 8:00 in the morning. That way that's the hardest part of it."
A total of $1.6 million dollars in contract work is occurring within Nacogdoches ISD.
In-house crews go to great heights as well in tending to the necessary summer work chores.
"We started the night of June 2 which was a Friday night of graduation," said Ralph LaRue, NISD's director of construction and facilities. "We started with construction crews that night, and we have worked mostly a six-day week all summer long. We have taken off Sundays, but we've been right at it six days a week, all summer long."
Right now, furniture is set aside for classroom renovations including new flooring and waxing of existing floors.
Projects are on schedule, maintaining confidence that it will be, "Ready, set, go" for the first day of school, August 28.
Planning for next summer's work projects has already begun. Engineering on a heating/air conditioning system and another roofing job is underway.