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Washington County BOE unanimously approves six-year capital improvement plan

September 08, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved its six-year capital improvement plan Sept. 3.

Although in recent years the school board had considered its requests for county and state capital funding separately, this time, the board considered them together.

The requests, which include major school construction as well as systemic projects, such as replacing roofs and HVAC systems, are reflective of the Educational Facilities Master Plan the board approved in June. That plan can change from year to year.

For the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2014, the school board is asking for $7.1 million from the state and $4.6 million from the county, according to a presentation document.

The board is asking for final funding for the new Bester Elementary School, requesting $1,491,500 from the county and $378,000 from the state. That school is on track to open in August 2014.

The board also is asking for $5 million from the state and $3.1 million from the county to begin construction of the new “West City” elementary school, which is planned for an August 2016 opening.

State funding of $1,747,000 is being sought to help pay to replace Washington County Technical High School’s HVAC system. The school system would need to provide $933,000 for the local match because the county’s capital improvement plan did not list that funding, Rob Rollins, the school system’s director of facilities planning and development, told the board.

Almost all of the HVAC system is Tech High’s original equipment, dating to the early 1970s, Rollins said.

Following are the school system’s long-term capital funding requests:

Fiscal year 2015-16

  • “West City” elementary school — $5 million in state funding; $3 million in county funding
  • Systemic projects — $2,556,000 in state funding; $1,476,000 in county funding

Fiscal year 2016-17
  • “West City” elementary school — $921,000 in state funding; $1,819,000 in county funding
  • Replacing Sharpsburg Elementary School — $1.7 million in county funding
  • Systemic projects — $3,404,000 in state funding; $1,916,000 in county funding

Fiscal year 2017-18
  • Replacing Sharpsburg Elementary School — $4,640,000 in state funding; $3,660,000 in county funding
  • Systemic projects — $4,980,000 in state funding; $2,838,000 in county funding

Fiscal year 2018-19
  • Replacing Sharpsburg Elementary School — $4,640,000 in state funding; $3,641,000 in county funding
  • Modernizing Western Heights Middle School — $1.7 million in county funding
  • Systemic projects — $3,124,000 in state funding; $1,804,000 in county funding

Fiscal year 2019-20
  • Replacing Sharpsburg Elementary School — $1,641,000 in state funding; $223,000 in county funding
  • Modernizing Western Heights Middle School — $5,146,000 in state funding; $4,154,000 in county funding
  • Systemic projects — $7,858,000 in state funding; $4,210,000 in county funding

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