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School Board considering $15,000,000 in capital requests

The King George School Board discussed a proposed capital projects list as recommended by Superintendent Rob Benson at last week’s meeting on March 10 that contains eight projects and totals more than $15 million over the next five years, with three of the projects totaling $1,482,835 requested in 2014-15.

Currently, county administrator Travis Quesenberry is proposing about $600,000 for cash-funding projects in the upcoming fiscal year, with no plans to incur additional debt for large-scale projects. In addition to the School Board, county department heads, agencies and constitutional officers have been invited to submit capital requests.   

Discussion by School Board members last week included suggestions for some changes and additions to go forward to the county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for 2014/15 – 2018/19.

A revised project list is expected to be brought back for proposed action by the School Board at next week’s meeting on Monday, March 24. More discussion may be needed at that time.  

In the meantime, Benson is developing cost estimates for some of the potential projects that could be added to the division’s requested list.

PROJECTS PROPOSED BY BENSON
The eight projects recommended by Benson are listed below, with changes and additions as suggested by School Board members.

~ Roof repairs for KGMS – $1,179,500, with $594,500 requested in 2014 and $585,000 in 2015-16. This newly-revamped roof repair project was suggested earlier this year to replace an earlier roof repair project requested last year estimated at $90,485 and approved by Board of Supervisors for the current fiscal year.

The project keeps changing. The higher cost estimate came from a proposal from a roof consultant made near the end of January. But at last week’s meeting, Benson provided a March 7 letter with a new estimate of $562,975 along with professional services of $11,250 for the consultant for a scaled-back fix.

School Board member TC Collins disagreed with the proposed fix, saying he had been up on the roof the day before. He said the roof has a couple of leaks, but added that the larger problem is a drain, which backs up, causing leaking.

Collins said he wanted to meet with the county building inspector and another engineering firm, and noted that a watertight warranty was proposed at only two years, along with a 20-year warranty on parts. Chairman Mike Rose agreed a second opinion might be a good idea, asking if money was available for another engineering study. Benson said he would discuss the issue with Quesenberry.

~ Bus Vehicle Replacement - $2,106,350 over five years, with $407,175 requested in 2014-15 for replacing four buses, along with two cargo vans for operations and maintenance. School Board member John Davis suggested the request be split, with only buses in one request, and other vehicles in another request.

Collins also requested a forklift be added to that list. He said there was a need for a forklift capable for being driven from school to school to move stuff around that could be accessorized with a snowplow and tiller attachments.

~ Technology Network Equipment - $481,160 requested in 2014-15. The project would include replacement of all wide and local area network switches except at the high school, and to upgrade the division’s firewall

~ Technology Fiber Expansion – $800,000 requested in 2015-16. The project would provide fiber additions to Sealston Elementary and Potomac Elementary.

~ School Security Systems - $716,159, with $125,000 requested in 2015-16 and $591,159 requested in 2016-17. The project would complete the installation of access control systems at Sealston Elementary and King George Elementary, and it would install security camera systems at all schools except for the high school, which has one.

~ HD Presentation Systems - $1,171,275 requested in 2017-18. The project would replace each classroom with a wall-mounted, short-throw interactive presentation projector, with a set of 30 clickers, a document camera and amplification sound system.

~ District wide multimedia – $303,117 requested in 2018-19.

~ Facility Expansion - $8,250,000 requested in 2016-17. The project would be either to renovate and provide an addition to the former middle school building, or to provide an addition to the existing middle school. The purpose would be to create space in one of the buildings to shift the 6th grades from the county’s three elementary schools.

POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL PROJECTS
Additional ideas proposed during the meeting include the following possible projects.

~ TRACK COMPLEX - $250,000 requested in 2015-16 for a possible new track complex and bleachers at the high school, or alternatively, renovations to the existing track and addition at the middle school along with concessions and restrooms, and bleacher improvements.

~ Central Storage Facility – Cost and location TBD in 2018-19. Project suggested by Collins for construction of a central storage facility to store items that the school division is keeping, including paper, cleaning supplies, etc.

~ KGMS Auditorium Renovation – Cost TBD. Project suggested by Collins for renovation of the auditorium at the middle school to include new seating, audio-visual equipment, etc.

~ SBO – In addition to his other suggestions for capital projects, Collins also said he would be bringing up suggestions for a project for work needed at the School Board office.

Benson said he would bring a revised projects list back for action at the next meeting. The next School Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 24, at 6 p.m. in the boardroom at the Revercomb Administration Building.

INSTRUCTIONS
Projects submitted to the county for consideration in the county’s CIP require that the project or equipment must cost $50,000 or more individually; must be non-recurring or a non-routine costs; must have useful life greater than five years from the date of purchase.

In addition, documentation must be included to support the requests and cost estimates, and operational costs associated with any requests must be estimated and provided.

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