A section of roof at Washington Middle School will be replaced and new HVAC units installed over the summer.
The school board approved the project Thursday morning at a special meeting to reorganize and elect officers following the April municipal election.
The board also gave the green light to replace a section of roof at the Locust Street administration building at a cost of $175,000. This work also will be done over the summer.
Another roof project at Marthasville School is under consideration, estimated at $75,000.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Brendan Mahon said by combining the roof replacement and HVAC projects at the middle school, the district will save between $10,000 and $15,000. Total cost for that project is $1.1 million.
Funding will come from the capital projects budget.
The board’s facility committee first met in February to review the roof replacement and HVAC needs.
Proposals for the work were obtained from Weatherproofing Technologies Inc. (WTI), through the EdPlus Co-op. All are certified contractors.
Director of Buildings and Grounds Kevin Hunewill said these projects are the most pressing, and he’s comfortable deferring other capital projects if needed. He said approval now will allow the work to be scheduled and completed over the summer.
Hunewill noted the section of roof being replaced at the middle school is over 15 years old.
“We also will make the transition from a rubberized roof to a modified build-up roof which has a 20-25 year life,” he said, adding a large crane will be required to remove the rooftop HVAC units and that’s why the project includes replacing those units at the same time.
The section of roof at the Locust Street administration building being replaced was put on in 1991, Hunewill said, well exceeding its life expectancy.
Mahon said as previously discussed, completion of these projects will lower the reserves in the capital projects fund.
Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer noted that future reserve balances and the amount levied in the capital projects fund will be discussed in more detail at the board workshop in May.
The board will vote on the Marthasville roof project at the April 25 meeting.