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November 18, 1982 School Report Page 11 I maintenance: a year-round job District has this past and improve grounds for main- ' 80 acres of through- that four are anywhere from the creates a for the crew. to be done schools, loaded onto a work begins in the clean up and before the with the and the pre- for the Pields must be infields re- grass grows Next, are turned necessary re- Each spring areas are of the soil due to the both public who recreation. to grow in process end until six leaves are that two members of the crew mow lawns four days a week for the next six months. One man rides the gang mower, mowing the athletic field at about 20 feet a swath, while the other operator trims and mows smaller turf areas around trees, buildings and fences. As summer approaches, a crew helps with irrigation, clean up of shrub beds, and any improve- ments in the grounds that are required. These projects include adding additional playground equipment, resodding of worn out areas and improvement of turf areas for playfield use. The coming of fall means foot- ball and soccer fields must be lined and the school sites readied for the coming school year. Next, irrigation systems are drained and readied for the winter to prevent pipes freezing. By now, the leaves are falling and clean up begins,once again. After clean up, snow plows are put on cer- tain pieces of equipment and we're ready for the snow. On the days we don't get up at 4:00 a.m. or 5:00 a.m. to plow snow, we repair equipment and help out with building maintenance. Winter is used for repair and general upkeep of grounds equip- ment- trucks, pumps, compres- sors, tractors, trailors and mowers. The electrician/boilerman is responsible for repair and main- tenance of boilers and air con- ditioning systems, including. work necessary for the yearly inspection of the boilers by the Maintenance of the Cheney school grounds and facilities is a year-long job for many people. district insurance company. He takes care of all electrical jobs, heat exchanges and cooling towers, and kitchen equipment. Responsibility for the repair of sinks, tiolets, doors, floor tile and all other general maintenance items is handled by one general maintenance person. Another crew member is kept busy remodeling buildings and constructing shelves and cabi- nets. He also doubles as the mason for work on repair of sidewalks and other masonry items. A district painter, with the help of two summer painting aides, keeps the building exteriors painted and looking nice. During the school year, he focuses on schoolroom interiors. Custodial duties are quite ex- tensive during the summer. In every building carpets must be shampooed, floors waxed, win- dows cleaned, desk tops repaired and lockers cleaned to get ready for school to begin in the fall. We're proud of our facilities. Please stop to visit any of our schools. They will be in top shape, thanks to the Cheney mainten- ance and custodial crew. il Industrial arts teacher Steve Arnold helps instruct students on learning to make Items in light of the present economic conditions. teachers 'do-it-yourself' dil- of cOming back that existed decked and the Great it wasn't a high mater- as there to call for people interest on that vhatever is only re- This value on and skills people basics seemingly fun, the of practical kinds of skill and knowledge they can use after high school by enrolling in the courses offered through the Industrial Arts Pro- gram. They are eligible to take Beginning Woodworking where each student learns how to oper- ate the lxver machines in the process of building a very nice and valuable wall shelf. After completion of this course, they can continue by taking Woods 2 for novelty and small furniture making, the Woods 3 for cabinet- making and, lastly, advanced woodworking for large furniture, cabinets and novelty pieces. Stu- dents enjoy the relaxed atmo- sphere and the freedom of move- ment typical of courses of this nature, as well as the valuable skills and knowledge they pick up. With prices like they are on just the small items in furniture stores and department stores, these courses pay for themselves many times over. Drafting is another area with high interest and value. Whether it's to learn to draw one's ideas on. paper, plan out designs or just building skills for a career in engineering, drafting offers a way of drawing without the ne- cessity for an artistic eye. An old cliche says, "If you can't draw it with a pencil on paper, how can you hope to build it." While there is some credulence to this, draft- ing is not all that difficult. It's simply learning how and where to put lines on paper and connect- ing them together. Students, after learning the basics of draft- ing, really begin to enjoy being able to draw on paper what they See. Even though a student is plan- ning on going on to college and working in one of the many pro- fessional fields, the need for practical skills and knowledge will always be with them. If not used in the carrying out of ones duties on the job, it might be a means of leisure time relaxation after a day's busy schedule. Abuse group meets During the past two years, two committees have been working on educational programs in the areas of substance abuse and child abuse. The Substance Abuse Commit- tee is under the leadership of Doreen Maakestad at Salnave Elementary school. A drug abuse program was piloted at the ele- mentary grades during the 1981-82 school year. After evalua- ting the pilot program, it was decided to expand the program to all intermediate grades for the 1982-83 school year. This expan- sion also included adding the unit on alcohol. Plans have now been formula- ted to provide inservice for all intermediate teachers on Dec. 6 and 13 in using the materials needed for the program. This will allow the program to begin after the first of the year. It should also be noted that the district has received a great deal of help from Virginia Schultz, Risk Reduction Project at the Spokane County Health Department, in develop- ing the programming and in or- ganizing the inservice. The Child Abuse Committee has also been working to develop a program that would provide an V awareness for teachers to help the abused child. As in the substance abuse program, the first step is inservice training for the classroom teacher. Much of the planning for the committee has been under the direction of Pat Gardner, Counselor at Cheney Junior High and Nancy Henry, district nurse. This com- mittee has developed formalized goals which have been presented to the board for their review and consideration. As with the other program, formal presentation should begin after the first of the year. Substance Abuse Committee- Doreen. Maakestad, Salnave; Leo Moore, Betz; Barbara Clad- hart, Sunset; Midge Swegle, Windsor; Karen Johnston, C.J.H.; Steve Wentworth, C.J.H.; and Ron Van Home, C.J.H. Child Abuse Committee--Nancy Henry, Admin. Bldg; Edie Chis- sus, Windsor; Lisa Madison, Betz; Larry Marlett, Windsor; Mariann Donley, Betz; Pat Gard. her, C.J.H.; Bill Hibbard, Betz; Janice Hill, Garden Springs; Je- anne Kertes, Sunset; Darwin Page, Salnave; and Donna Wiley, Sunset. Committees have been established in Chefley School District to deal with the problems of child abuse end substance abuse.