COSTA MESA — While teachers enjoy their summer break and kids make the most of their freedom, Newport-Mesa schools are getting fixed, spruced up and cleaned.
"[Summer] tends to be when we make the biggest mess," said Tim Marsh, the district's administrative director of facilities support services.
At Tuesday night's school board meeting, Marsh will present the annual summer project list of work that is being done at each school site.
The summer projects are generally larger and too disruptive to do while school is in session, Marsh said.
"It's going to mean they're coming back to a school in better condition than when they left," he said.
A team of almost 200 building maintenance and operations staff members, who oversee more than 2 million square feet of buildings, will complete the projects, along with deep cleaning, Marsh said.
The itemized list shows the different projects — like painting portables at College Park Elementary, replacing two kindergarten slides at Victoria Elementary and Andersen Elementary's playground asphalt — and districtwide tasks, such as servicing playground equipment, installing wireless access points and trimming trees.