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Van Riley outlines road map for systems upgrades, fixes


STONINGTON — Superintendent of Schools Van W. Riley presented the education finance committee a long-range facilities plan at its meeting Thursday — a road map, of sorts, for when each school’s major systems need an upgraded or replaced.

The plan lists projected facilities costs through 2023 for each school that include plumbing, lighting, interior flooring, roofing and safety and security.

“We didn’t have a major plan for each school as far as when carpeting should be (upgraded) or roofing,” Riley said. “We know it will change, but we would like the Board of Education to look at this, bring it to the Board of Finance and share it with the community to let them know what it’s going to take to keep our schools in good shape.”

A total of $11.5 million is what needs to be spent on facilities in the next 10 years to keep the district’s seven schools and administration building in good working condition, according to projections — $3.1 million of that is on roof systems.

The report on projected facilities costs comes on the heels of a leaking roof at Deans Mill Elementary School that has drawn attention to the fact all of the school’s roofing systems are either at the end of or are two or more years past their life cycle status.

Most of the district’s school buildings, including the administration building, will need upgrades, replacements or installation of items such as electrical equipment, carpet, elevators, student lockers, windows, fire detection equipment and underground fuel storage tanks by 2020.

For example, the last time carpet or tile was replaced in classrooms at West Broad Street School was 1975. According to the plan, new carpet or tile should be installed in phases each year between 2014 and 2019 at an estimated total cost of $115,000. “This is a first look,” Riley told committee members. “We’ll need to review and refine it.”



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