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CARPET DIEM: Schools take advantage of winter break to install new campus flooring

January 5, 2019

Students and teachers returning to class on Monday are in for a nice surprise when they discover large portions of their schools have been transformed.

Installation crews were in high gear over the holiday break to lay down new flooring at Thunderbolt Middle School and Lake Havasu High School. Lake Havasu Unified School District Business Services Director Michael Murray said the C and D wings at Thunderbolt have new flooring as well as J Hall at the high school.

As of Friday morning, he was pleased with the progress.

“They’re on schedule. Things are going as planned. (The crews) will come on weekends periodically,” he said, noting that so far, about 9,000 square feet of the old carpeting was removed and new material glued into place.

The installers are from Shaw Industries. Shaw, based in Phoenix, won the bid for the $2 million project. Every carpeted surface in the Lake Havasu Unified School District will be replaced under the terms of the contract.

Much of the carpeting in the district’s schools is 20 years old – and looks like it. The weave is frayed, torn and bubbled in places, creating trip hazards. Miles of duct tape hold it together where seams have split.

The project will be paid for with money from 2016’s $49 million bond that was earmarked for capital improvements.

The new flooring is synthetic carpet tiles that are 24-inch squares. A quantity of carpet tiles will be stored by the district for replacement purposes.

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