$12M building repair plan heads to voters
School district residents will vote Dec. 6 on a $12.1 million capital spending proposal.
The money would be used for projects deemed priorities in the district’s building conditions report.
Voting will be from 2 to 9 p.m. at Bulkeley Middle School, 45 North Park Road.
Superintendent Joseph Phelan said the planned work is “all infrastructure stuff — windows, roof repairs and replacements, some asbestos floor tile removal, there’s some safety improvements, replacing and expanding the system for getting into the building, putting in some handicapped-compliant doors, door hardware in classrooms to bring that up to current code, some sidewalk curbing and walkways, some plumbing upgrades, upgrades to our cafeterias, and replacing a quite old telephone system that we can’t get parts for when they break down.”
Phelan said the project would include replacing the floor-to-ceiling windows at Chancellor Livingston Elementary School.
“That was mid-’60s construction, and those windows are original to that building and they leak water, they leak hot air, they clearly need to be replaced to improve the energy efficiency,” he said.
Other work would include installing an emergency backup generator in the middle/high school.
“That building is currently designated as an emergency shelter by the Red Cross, but we don’t have [backup] power,” Phelan said. “So if it’s a power-related issue, then with that generator we’d be able to provide shelter to a lot people in our community ... if we were to be off the grid for any period of time.”
Projects in the capital spending proposal were prioritized by an ad-hoc committee that reviewed the building conditions report.
“It takes care of the most severe problems and a number of less serve problems that are going to need to get replaced sooner rather than later,” Phelan said.