By Sam Elliott
School’s out, but work hasn’t gotten any easier for Hamilton Southeastern Schools Facilities Manager Harry Delks.
As a result of the school district’s successful operating referendum, Delks has been busy as new incoming hires have him overseeing building new offices for HSE’s latest employees.
“We’re doing a whole lot of work this summer. It’s busier than I think it’s ever been for me,” he said. “We’re building a lot of offices for the assistant principals we’re bringing on.”
Each of the district’s elementary schools added assistant principals, as the positions were promised as part of the referendum approved by voters.
Seven schools required more than just rearranging furniture to accommodate a new office.
“We’re managing this ourselves, just having subcontractors do all this work and it really is going well,” Delks said. “I think we’re going to accomplish everything before school starts.”
At Lantern Road and New Britton elementary schools, former large conference rooms were scaled down as new offices were created from splitting the conference rooms in two. Front desk areas at Geist and Hoosier Road elementary schools have been reconfigured to add a new office into a previously open space, a former councilor’s office was split in half to create a new office at Fall Creek Elementary while additional offices were made from existing space at Cumberland Road and Durbin.
Also at Durbin, a pair of storage areas are being turned into a new classroom, which will go on to house a class scheduled to begin the new school year in a portable unit.