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Metro Albany schools to get light maintenance over holiday break

Major work will continue at Dougherty High over the Christmas/New Years break

Dougherty County School System Facilities Director Bob Fowler said Friday that his staff would work very few hours over the long Christmas break. Contractors’ work, however, will continue on the Dougherty High School Phase II renovation. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

Dougherty County School System Facilities Director Bob Fowler said Friday that his staff would work very few hours over the long Christmas break. Contractors’ work, however, will continue on the Dougherty High School Phase II renovation. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

ALBANY — With students dismissed for the Christmas holidays, it is customary for school systems across the state to perform routine facility maintenance during the day while while buildings are empty of teachers and students. Albany is no different.

Dougherty County School System Facilities Director Bob Fowler said Friday that work will continue on two major projects during the long break, while routine floor maintenance will be performed at several of the system’s 26 schools.

“We really won’t be doing a lot staff-wise over the holidays,” Fowler said. “Work on Dougherty High Phase II will be running wide open. But that work is being performed by contractors.

“We’ll rotate a staff supervisor over there in case they have any questions and to keep an eye on things.”

Fowler said much of the work his staff will be performing will be in the old vocational-technical building on the Monroe High School campus in preparation for the new Performance Learning Center set to open in January.

“We are in the last stages of getting all the data and electrical work done over there, but that shouldn’t take that long,” Fowler said.

In Lee County, School Superintendent Larry Walters said the majority of the system’s eight schools were “in good shape.”

“Some years we do maintenance over the holidays, but that’s not the case this year. We’re in pretty good shape,” he said.

At Deerfield-Windsor School, Headmaster Dave Davies said the school will bring in an outside contractor to strip and rewax the floors at both upper and lower campuses. He added that routine cleaning will also be performed, as well as any needed minor maintenance.