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Cool school, new gym floor and more updates at SMS

SOLON- Middle schoolers may have noticed a few updates at their almost-100 year-old Solon school building (built in 1917). A summer facility update, concurrent with a high school stadium project and an elementary school expansion, has caught the middle school back up to this century in many ways.
The whole thing started after a donation put some light on the situation.
As school superintendent Sam Miller wrote on his blog (scsdsuperintendent.blogspot.com), “Once the new lights were installed, it provided improved illumination of a facility that was in dire need of a renovation.”
The lights were donated by the Gerdin family and installed by Marc Foster, Eric Durr, Kirk Miller, Chad Melloy, Jim Heick, Grant Goldsberry, Dave Durr and Marc Foster.
The $54,084 new floor replaces worn-out planking that was reclaimed by board member Dick Schwab. Schwab’s salvage team removed the historic wood and saved the district $6,000.
Students are also now taught in temperature-controlled classrooms for music and industrial arts with new air conditioning units, to the tune of $62,000, by Pipe Pro of Cedar Rapids.
They’re the final rooms in the building to get air-conditioning. Only the updated gym will go without AC.
Feaker Painting did the gym’s interior for $15,800.
The school’s exterior doors, along with the outside doors at Solon High, got an electrostatic paint treatment for $20,800 from Storage and Design Group.
But there are still some improvements to be made.
At a November 2011 board meeting, Miller called the media center at the middle school completely inappropriate.
In a recent phone interview, he said the media center was doing the best it could with the space and technology at hand. The district will begin to craft an overhaul and expansion this fall and winter.
Middle school principal Mike Herdliska agreed that an update of his school’s library and media center, currently just the size of a regular classroom, would be the next major building project there.