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June 06. 2014 7:28PM

Goffstown SAU adds projects to capital improvements proposal

GOFFSTOWN — Five new projects were added to the SAU’s five-year Capital Improvements Program proposal.

SAU 19 School Business Administrator Ray Labore presented the plan to the CIP Committee Thursday evening.

The proposal for 2015 includes $70,220 for the final payment for phase I of the energy management program started in 2004 at Bartlett Elementary School. Labore said the district has saved about $1,257,247 district-wide in electricity and oil costs since the program began.

“The energy savings that the SAU was able to enjoy covers the last payment of the lease purchase agreement for the Phase I project,” Labore said.

Two new projects proposed for Maple Ave. Elementary School in 2015 include a new boiler replacement estimated at $49,500 and oil tank replacement expected to cost about $130,000. Maple Ave is the only school in the district operating on a single boiler for heat, Labore said. The final Maple Ave. project for 2015 was for $81,897 for ongoing energy management program upgrades.

Mountain View Middle School projects proposed for 2015 began with $64,800 for a fire pump replacement.

“The driver here is age,” Labore said.

The equipment pumps water uphill to service the sprinklers and the money needs to be invested to keep the system operating, Labore said. The district has already made many costly repairs, he said. The CIP also proposed $25,500 for facia board replacement at Mountain View in 2015.

At the high school, requests for 2015 included $764,900 for the renovations and additions refund bond payment, $35,000 for stairway and classroom tile replacement and $81,500 for an emergency generator. About $40,750 in grant money is available for the generator because it is part of a project to move one of the town’s emergency shelters from Mountain View Middle School to the high school, Labore said. Honeywell Phase II building performance upgrades are expected to continue at the high school at a cost of $183,218.

According to Goffstown’s Capital Improvement Committee Handbook, the CIP is a means of avoiding the unpleasant surprise of expensive projects generating large property tax increases. While cost impacts can not always be precisely determined in advance, the CIP fosters discussion of the distribution of the tax burden of new capital expenditures over time.

jhanson@newstote.com


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