Buildings and Fields Renovation Project
A study committee has determined that building maintenance work is needed in the following areas, based on the state mandated Five Year Facilities Plan that was completed recently by an engineering firm. The buildings where work is required are indicated by the initials after each item.
• Paving repair and resurfacing- All
• Installation of energy efficient lighting – TH, MS, HS
• Installation of energy efficient windows – TH, JP, Adm
• Roofing repair and replacement- All
• Bathroom renovations – Morse, WI
• Boiler replacement - TH
• Bldg heating management system – TH
• Elevator repair – MS/HS, installation – Morse
• Masonry repair – Morse, WI, Adm
• Ventilation upgrade - Morse
• Electrical system upgrade - WI
• Fencing replacement – JP, WI, MS/HS
• Installation of natural gas service - WI
• New storage building – District, MS/HS
Another study committee has reviewed the community wide athletics field study that was completed a few years ago. They have determined that the following improvements are minimally necessary to address the ongoing problems of inadequate availability relative to demand and poor, potentially unsafe field conditions due to the resulting overuse of our fields.
• Installation of an artificial turf field, new goal posts and press box for the main field at the high school
• Installation of an irrigation system for the lower field at Washington Irving School
• Installation of an irrigation system and replacement of sod for the upper Washington Irving School field
The estimated cost of the buildings and fields renovation work would be approximately $8 million and would have to be financed through a 15-year bond authorized by the voters. Approximately 30 to 40% of the cost would be reimbursed through state aid. Fields renovation work is only eligible for state aid if it is included as part of a capital project involving renovation work on buildings. A private donation will cover the net cost of work on the WI upper field that is not covered by state aid. The financing would require a property tax levy increase of approximately 1%, which translates roughly to an extra $120 on the annual tax bill for a mid-priced home in our school district.
The Board of Education is seeking feedback from the public in order to guide them in determining the scope and timing of a capital project proposal that would form the basis for a bond proposition. Please help by indicating your level of agreement with the statements contained in the following brief survey.