Facilities projects underway in Mehlville


Photo by Erin Achenbach

Upgrades at Beasley Elementary School, 3131 Koch Road, include a secure entry vestibule, four restroom fixtures to bring it into ADA compliance, outdoor lighting, additional restrooms, additional parking, roof work, HVAC work and widening the entry road to the school.

By Erin Achenbach, News Editor

Several facilities projects in the Mehlville School District were completed this summer, with others scheduled to be completed throughout the school year and into next summer. 

Projects included kitchen ceiling replacement, roof replacements, HVAC, asphalt repair and tuckpointing at multiple different buildings, Facilities Director Mike Gegg said during a project update at the Aug. 18 Board of Education meeting. Funding for the projects came from different sources, including the $35-million bond Proposition S, federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief money and the district’s capital fund.  

Roof replacements at Beasley Elementary and John Cary Early Childhood were completed this summer. They were originally slated to be completed in fiscal year 2022, but labor shortages postponed the project to later on this summer. 

The roof replacement at Bierbaum Elementary was completed in March; Point Elementary’s replacement has started but supply delays have postponed that project’s completion until summer 2023. Gegg said the back portion of Point is complete however. The replacement at Trautwein is “about 60 percent” finished, said Gegg, with the rest scheduled to be finished during the school year. 

“That’s just a cover-up, so it’s not as noisy as a tear-off,” Gegg said. 

The replacement at Wohlwend will start in summer 2023 due to supply shortages. Washington Middle is being staged and will be completed during the school year. The replacement at Mehlville High School will most likely begin next summer. 

HVAC replacement projects, funded by ESSER, “went smooth” at Beasley, Point and Oakville Elementary, while the HVAC replacement at Rogers Elementary is about 98-percent complete. That project is funded by Prop S and should be completed in the next few weeks. 

Asphalt sealing and striping was done at several locations, along with concrete work on the driveways at Beasley and John Cary. Beasley also got a new kitchen ceiling and new paint to “brighten up the kitchen.” 

Tuckpointing work at the district’s pool will be completed within the next month, while tuckpoint projects at Point and Wohlwend will be completed in summer 2023. 

“Last year it was labor, this year it’s the supply chain,” Gegg said of the delays. “(Hopefully) the supply chain will be better next year.”