The highest priority needs in each school building are addressed by the March 24, 2015 Capital Project.  Addressing the District’s facilities needs has been a topic of discussion and debate for many years. Current conditions include antiquated infrastructure, lack of network capacity to support modern technology, health/safety concerns, and inefficient or undersized building layouts that interfere with the educational opportunities that can be provided to students. Some infrastructure is very near the end of its useful life or has already exceeded its life expectancy. Some systems are so old that replacement parts that would be needed to make repairs are now obsolete. 

    Work is identified in each of the four school buildings. Roof replacement, providing sufficient heat and ventilation, and upgrading electrical panels from the 1970s are just a few examples of the many infrastructure upgrades that are planned. Overcrowding at the Middle School and High School, a lack of federally-required accessibility for individuals with disabilities at the Middle School, and insufficient network capacity to support technology at all four schools will also be addressed by the project. At the Middle School, upgrades to the antiquated home and careers classroom, the 1956 science lab, and other outdated classrooms will transform learning spaces into modern classrooms.

    The following list details the specific work proposed for each building. The line-by-line cost ESTIMATES for this work, created by the professionals at KG&D Architects and verified by the construction management firm The Palombo Group is also available. 
    Program Improvements:
    • Add bathrooms near the cafeteria (there are currently none located in proximity)
    • Update network infrastructure to support current and future technologies
    Infrastructure Improvements
    • Replace damaged doors at the Cafeteria and Gymnasium, including safety glass
    • Upgrade aged boiler piping to extend system life
    • Preserve building exterior and prevent leaks by replacing cracked bricks
    • Replace end-of-life foam roof and skylights
    • Upgrade antiquated clock and public address (PA) system
    • Replace obsolete electrical panels
    • Add ventilation in corridors to meet code and improve health
    • Replace the original Gymnasium air handler (new installation to be designed with the flexibility to possibly add air conditioning in the future)
    • Upgrade fire alarm and smoke detection system
    • Replace the oldest plumbing fixtures
    Program Improvements:
    • Provide additional storage space (currently insufficient for building needs)
    • Update network infrastructure to support current and future technologies
    Infrastructure Improvements:
    • Address leaking exterior walls
    • Replace non-functioning moveable gym divider wall and reinforce load-bearing beam that supports divider weight
    • Upgrade all HVAC controls not included in the previous Energy Performance Contract
    • Upgrade fire alarm and smoke detection system
    • Add ventilation in corridors to improve air quality
    Program Improvements:
    • Provide additional classrooms for a net gain of four new learning spaces due to classroom shortage
    • Expand and relocate the guidance office to provide students with an accessible space (current space is too small)
    • Add meeting room space near the Main Office (none currently exists)
    • Provide additional storage space (currently insufficient for building needs)
    • Update network infrastructure to support current and future technologies
    Infrastructure Improvements
    • Replace damaged moveable gym divider wall (end-of-life)
    • Replace obsolete electrical panels
    • Address damage to exterior masonry to prevent leaks and preserve structural building integrity
    • Upgrade any old HVAC controls to improve energy efficiency
    • Replace broken sidewalks and exterior stairs
    • Replace damaged fitness and weight room flooring
    • Upgrade fire alarm and smoke detection system
    • Replace leaking foam roof and skylights
    • Replace Gymnasium air handler (new installation to be designed with the flexibility to possibly add air conditioning in the future)
    • Replace failing catch basins and piping to address storm water drainage issues 
    • Repave cracked areas of parking lot
    • Replace broken gym lockers
    • Replace end-of-life fuel oil tank
    • Replace poorly functioning ceiling electric heaters in modular classroom wing
    • Provide new Central Receiving area and District vehicle storage between the High School and Transportation Center
    Program Improvements:
    • Reconfigure building layout to enhance instruction through Grade Level Clusters
    • Provide dedicated space for Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy (currently offered in a storage closet) 
    • Relocate Band Room to minimize noise disruptions in classrooms and enlarge it to serve student participation levels
    • Provide a dedicated Music/Chorus Room to serve student participation levels
    • Upgrade antiquated Home and Careers classroom
    • Upgrade antiquated (circa 1956) Science lab
    • Enlarge Nurse’s Office and reconfigure to offer privacy
    • Upgrade Library/Media Center to support multi-use access for classes, allow group instruction, and improve technology integration  
    • Correct Central Kitchen space inadequacies and replace aged equipment 
    • Install canopy for weather protection at parent pickup/drop-off area to increase functionality and safety 
    • Upgrade technology network to increase bandwidth and support current and future technology use
    • Provide additional storage capacity
    • Relocate District’s Central Receiving area to improve safety, efficiency, and logistics
    Infrastructure Improvements:
    • Extend existing perimeter access control and increase door and camera monitoring capacity to improve surveillance
    • Provide interior access to Technology, Health, Music, and other rooms that currently must be accessed from outside the building, correcting ADA deficiencies to meet current guidelines
    • Replace two rows of auditorium seating to create ADA-compliant seating
    • Reconfigure main entry ramp and upper-level connecting ramps to meet incline requirements for ADA compliance 
    • Reconfigure athletic space to locate gym and locker rooms in proximity to one another (currently on two different floors, hampering supervision and failing to conform to ADA requirements) 
    • Renovate outdated restroom facilities for ADA compliance
    • Add mechanical ventilation to classrooms and corridors to address lack of air exchange and improve air quality
    • Provide air conditioning to specific building locations with extreme overheating issues (gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, and upper-level classrooms) to address health concerns and expand capacity for summer use
    • Upgrade fire alarm and smoke detection systems
    • Replace end-of-life slate roof, brick parapets and limestone cap, extending the life expectancy by another 50 years
    • Replace end-of-life foam roofing system with more durable and lasting material
    • Replace selected failing windows in 1956 and 1998 wings (many are not insulated or do not open/close properly)
    • Replace cracked brick and restore façade to preserve the functional physical integrity of the exterior walls
    • Replace all 50-year-old exterior doors to improve security and insulation
    • Replace antiquated heating system piping
    • Replace aged water distribution systems (ranging from 30 to 80 years old) 
    • Replace aged and leaking drainage piping in 1930s wing
    • Repair leaking storm drainage piping 
    • Replace aged plumbing fixtures (many toilets and sinks are from 1930 or 1956) 
    • Replace non-functioning water fountains
    • Replace damaged ceilings, baseboard, lockers, and casework
    • Replace classroom doors to improve safety and meet code requirements for smoke control and egress 
    • Upgrade interior stair railings to meet current code and improve safety
    • Replace obsolete 1930s electrical panels and cloth-covered wiring
    • Repair failing clock/bell system 
    • Replace water-damaged portion of buckled Gymnasium floor (a tripping hazard)
    • Repair pavement and storm drainage to correct flooding (also reduces liability for potential damage to neighboring properties) and install guardrail