Items identified include roofs, structural issues, HVAC systems, electrical systems and windows in need of replacement. In addition, the committee determined that all buildings are in need of safety and security improvements.
Construction projects slated to be funded by this bond include all school buildings. Projects include replacing deteriorating roofs, exterior doors and windows, repairing foundations, and upgrading outdated heating, ventilation, and plumbing systems. Eight roofs have outlived their useful life, they are waterlogged and leaking. Eight schools have boiler systems that also outlived their expected lifespan and need to be replaced. Two schools need building foundation repairs.
In addition, bond dollars would improve cost efficiency and reduce ongoing maintenance costs. Old, inefficient high maintenance heating and ventilation systems and water-saturated roof insulation and windows would be replaced with efficient heating systems and new insulation. Our plan is to keep students warmer in the winter and cooler in the spring while reducing costs and energy usage.
Safety and Security
Our schools need updates in safety and security systems and infrastructures including intercoms, fire alarm systems, and security cameras. We also need to replace exterior doors that are no longer functional and install physical security monitoring systems throughout the district.
How were the projects identified?
A Community and School Facilities Planning Team studied school needs and reviewed detailed facilities analysis produced by licensed architects. Capital needs totaled over $135 million dollars. This initial list was narrowed to $78 million dollars through detailed prioritization, cost-cutting. Cost reviews are continuing.