November 17, 2015
After more than a year of studying and weighing options, the Board of Education this evening approved a $15.5 million capital project that will address health and safety issues, deteriorating roofs and infrastructure and make athletic field improvements at each building.
The proposal was updated after an October 14 forum that mentioned several issues, including the need to improve field drainage and parking at the elementary school. The Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5 and a community vote from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12 in the high school gymnasium lobby.
Upgrading learning spaces
The proposal includes several initiatives to improve the instructional and learning spaces in the district:
• High School Library: Relocate upstairs and create a new Learning Media Commons.
• High School Art Room: Renovate art room with new cabinetry, ceilings and flooring.
• High School Science
Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) classroom:
Relocate with new cabinetry, technology and
• District Committee on Special Education (CSE): Relocate to the current main office with new cabinetry, technology and accessibility.
• The athletic fields would get upgraded playing surfaces, drainage and lighting and a new concession stand, restroom and handicap parking would be added
• Technology: Enhance technology in all classrooms and common spaces.
The BCK-IBI Architectural Group conducted the state-mandate building condition survey. Many of the proposals in the capital project came from that survey of the school district's buildings and property.
Based on a $100,000 home assessment, the $15.5 million project would increase tax bills by $86 per year or $7.17 per month without the state's School TAx Reduction (STAR). If you have BASIC STAR, tax will would increase by $60 per year or $5 per month, If you have Senior STAR, the impact would be $30 per year or $2.50 per month.
The project would be paid off over 16 years. Most of the proposals are eligible for state building aid reimbursement. That can also be seen on this overview of the project (PDF).
The school district would also use $583,250 of its Smart Schools Bond Act allotment from the state to make improvements for items such as replacing the public address and security systems and installing a pass key entry system at both schools. Smart Schools funding is a state grant and is not repaid.
Among the largest items at the high school/junior high school, which opened in 1939 ($8.045 million):
• $1.527 million to replace the roof with a 15-year warranty. A 30-year warranty would cost an additional $320,000.
• $2.13 million to upgrade the athletic fields with improved drainage, lighting, backstops, netting and dugouts and expanded modified softball dugouts along with a parking lot at a new concession stand and restrooms.
• $685,000 to provide a secure vestibule upon entering the building and to move the main and guidance offices to the current library. This would also include moving the library media commons to the second floor.
• $415,000 to replace the oil boilers with more efficient models and to replace the heating and ventilation software controls for the building.
• $400,000 to replace four skylights, repair the roof and flashing in multiple locations and the gymnasium roofing.
• $350,000 for upgraded auditorium lighting, video and audio systems.
• $345,000 to upgrade corridor and classroom lighting with more efficient, longer-lasting LED lighting fixtures. The proposal would also ensure that all light sensors are in working order or they will be replaced.
• $345,000 to renovate the existing H128 art room and former industrial arts rooms to include new cabinetry, ceilings and flooring and add a receiving area to the east end of the building.
Among the largest items at the elementary school, which opened in 1959 ($6.706 million):
• $1.615 million to replace the roof with a 15-year warranty. A 30-year warranty would cost an additional $290,000.
• $775,000 to improve drainage on the soccer, softball land baseball fields and reseed the fields adjacent to rear of the school.
• $410,000 to move the playground including the new equipment and provide additional equipment. This will create 60 additional parking spaces with lighting at the current playground site.
• $522,000 to renovate small toilet rooms in four classrooms and add new classroom sinks with bubblers.
• $350,000 to replace the two oil boilers and upgrade heating software controls.
• $290,000 to replace unit ventilator cabinets and grilles in original building due to rust and corrosion.
• $270,000 to replace the original crawl space sanitary piping due to heavy corrosion and cracking.
• $260,000 to upgrade lighting to cost-saving, long-lasting LED fixtures and provide new occupancy sensors.
• $250,000 to replace acoustical ceiling tiles while show signs of water damage and sagging.
• $250,000 to replace original building interior door and hardware to make compliant with handicapped access laws.
The proposal would also spend:
• $109,000 at the bus maintenance facility for items such as adding a foundation for the heating oil tank, upgrading the fuel oil inventory management software, upgrading the lighting and sidewalk and replacing corroded piping in bus wash area.
• $40,000 at the bus storage building to replace old circuit breaker panels, replace lighting fixtures and provide fire dampers.
Below are a few photos of issues that would be resolved in the project. Click on the image to enlarge it.
Below, on the left, the entrance to the
elementary school would be reconfigured to increase
security in the building.
The photo on the right shows a kindergarten classroom bathroom that would be updated in the project. Bathrooms in four kindergarten classrooms would be updated as well as the north and south wing boys' and girls' gang bathrooms.
left, all lighting at the elementary
school - this shows the lighting in the gymnasium -
would be upgraded to energy-efficient, low cost LED
On the right, the playground would be moved and upgraded with new equipment to create an additional 60 parking spaces. The wood equipment would be removed and the wood chips would be replaced with a rubberized material.
Below left, the
elementary school's A.O. Smith heating boilers would be
replaced in the project.
On the right, the stage in the cafetorium would be renovated and upgraded along with new curtains and sound system.
High School/Junior High School
Below on the left,
the main office and guidance office at the high
school/junior high school would be moved to the current
library, right inside the entrance, to improve building
security. Currently, visitors are buzzed into the
building but have to travel through the hallways toward
On the right, windows would also be replaced as part of the project. In this case, this 3-by-3 foot window in the health and living environment classroom fell in because some of the windows in the building have become separated from the frames.
Below on the left is an example of how
the flooring in parts of the building have become
separated from the flooring, creating large cracks and
gaps in the masonry.
On the right, this area would be partially cleared to make way for a concession stand and restrooms on the athletic fields between the soccer and softball fields. The fields themselves would also be graded and reseeded as part of the project.
Below to the left,
Below on the left, the 40-year-old A.O. Smith oil
heating boilers at the high school would be replaced as
part of the project.
On the right, roof leaks have damaged ceiling tiles throughout the building. This shows the ceiling in the band storage room. Two keyboards and three African drums were damaged when the same leak got into an adjacent classroom last year.