For Antilles’ Facilities Director Amy Gurlea, the long summer months are usually the busiest time of year on campus. While Gurlea and her four-man crew are working from September through June on everything from after school activities to event set up, it is during the summer that she is able to take care of a laundry list of maintenance items that help keep the school plant in tip-top shape once students return.
“When it comes to planning for the school year, it is always important to budget in deferred maintenance and preventative work,” Head of School Liz Morrison said to faculty members Monday as she gave updates during the first day of professional development week on summer accomplishments. “It helps sustain the long term health of the school. You come back at the end of August and it seems as if the campus has been magically beautified when actually, everything around you is a product of long hard days.”
Along with routine painting, roof ceiling, air conditioning unit cleaning and tree cutting, Gurlea and her team were also able to fix fencing around campus, install new parking lot structures to shade teachers and students during pickup and drop-off, screen off the fourth and fifth grade classrooms and add a new roof to the props area at the back of Prior Jollek Hall. A new LED lighting initiative – which will eventually replace all fluorescent lights on campus – is also 50 percent complete, Morrison said.
A generous parent donation also allowed this summer for the construction of a new bench near the Lower School playground – providing some much needed seating for students and, most especially, faculty on recess or after-school duty.
To read more about the school’s LED lighting initiative, check out our new publication, Review 2017, once it hits stands in September!