3/19/12 SCHOOLS IN NEED OF A FIX

SCHOOLS IN NEED OF A FIX
If approved, two funding sources will pay for much-needed maintenance projects
The Times-News 3/19/12     
Reprinted with permission.

   The Alamance-Burlington School System plans to spend millions in money from state lottery proceeds, combined with money left over from a local 2004 bond referendum, on maintenance and repairs in the system. The Alamance-Burlington Board of Education approved spending $3.06 million in lottery money and $2.517 million in leftover bond money during a work session last week. The board usually avoids votes during work sessions, but approved the projects because they also require approval from the Alamance County Board of Commissioners. The school system hopes to get that in time to have some of the work done this summer while students aren’t in school.

   Among projects approved by the school board to be forwarded to the county are:

  • $1.8 MILLION for HVAC improvements at different schools.
  • $1.048 MILLION to replace carpets — either with new carpet or other floor covering — at different schools.
  • $880,000 to continue asbestos removal at Williams High School.
  • $500,000 for painting at schools throughout the school system.
  • $180,000 for elevator/lift chair improvements at Grove Park, Andrews, Newlin and B.E. Jordan elementary schools.
  • $315,000 for more efficient lighting at Cummings High School.
  • $220,000 for more efficient lighting at Western Middle School.
  • $200,000 for roof coating at Broadview Middle School, Cummings High School, E.M. Holt Elementary School, Sellars-Gunn Education Center and Alexander Wilson Elementary School.
  • $130,000 for work on the Cummings High School tennis courts.
  • $100,000 for improved security involving locks, doors and panic hardware at different schools.
  • $80,000 to replace roofs on mobile classrooms throughout the system.
  • $57,000 for paving the bus loop and outside the kitchen at North Graham Elementary.
  • $78,000 to pave the Graham Middle School bus lot.
  • $27,000 for paving at Alexander Wilson Elementary School.
  • $45,000 for bathroom plumbing improvements at Grove Park, Eastlawn and E.M. Holt elementary schools.

    Not all of the work will be done quickly. For example, the extensive carpet replacement will be completed in phases and could take as long as five years, the school board was told last week, largely because of doing it during breaks to avoid disrupting class. System staff members said hiring additional contractors to get the work done faster would increase the cost. The projects don’t deplete lottery money the school system has on hand. The system said in January $4.1 million remained after the completion of classroom additions at Altahamaw-Ossipee Elementary School and Western Middle School.