A Roof Before Christmas?
The referendum was passed which means many current and future changes are in the works throughout the School City of Mishawaka.
One of the biggest changes is the roof at Mishawaka High School (MHS). Director of Operations Mike Faulkner was the head of the changes. “MHS east gym (The Cave) roof was a need of replacement for many years,” said Faulkner, “ Prior to getting the funds to replace the roof, we counted seventeen leaks around the perimeter of the upstairs, seating area in the cave, just prior to Midland Engineering replacing the roof, the leaks were starting to move above the gym floor itself.”
The last roof lasted a very long time at MHS. There have been questions concerning how long it will take to finish the roof, and how long the new roof will last will last.
“The new rubber membrane and ice and water shield placed underneath the tile will make these roofs last for many years. While the clay tile has a 70 year warranty, the membrane ice and water shield should not be compromised at all as long as the tile is covering it,” said Faulkner, “While the roof was suppose to take 3-4 months (starting in October) we might just see this finished before Christmas. Midland Engineering is doing a fine job and they are ahead of schedule!”
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The new roof isn’t the only change happening. Faulkner looks forward to more upgrades. “SCM has a detailed list of improvement projects slated for the future at all schools. However, Mishawaka High School will see, in the near future: new video surveillance cameras, doors, locks, hardware, a new elevator, windows, renovate and remodel courtyard plaza in the stadium, new landscape throughout MHS grounds, new running track, renovated fitness/weight room...all of this as well as the recent new security vestibule at the front doors. The West “Pool Door” entry will also see a new secure vestibule in summer 2018,” said Faulkner.
Faulkner says there will be several changes in the school system, that will affect all of the grades (K-12.) For example the new security doors and cameras will boost the security in the high school.