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Caroline school projects moving ahead

More details on the $25 million renovation plans for Caroline High School and Madison Elementary School emerged at the Caroline County School Board meeting Monday.

Randy Jones, the CEO of OWPR, the architect on the project, presented a plan for $6.1 million in heating and air-conditioning renovations at Caroline High School. The current equipment at the site is outdated and in need of replacement, he said.

The proposed system is expected to last 20 to 25 years. The major difference between the current system and the proposed system is the use of rooftop units. With fewer rooftop units, it would free up space on the roof for solar panels, which could generate energy the school division could sell back to energy companies.

Fewer rooftop units could save the school division nearly $100,000 in energy expenses. Right now, energy costs for the high school are about $260,316 and would be reduced to about $161,201, according to Jones’ presentation.

On the electrical side, there are plans to replace the lighting in all classrooms, provide additional electrical outlets in all classrooms, a new lighting and sound system for the auditorium, new electrical service and a new generator.

Other renovation work already started at the high school is on the athletic facilities.

The new blue track is in the process of being installed. The old rubber surface has been removed.

Other work that’s been done on the athletic fields so far includes:

  • Drainage on the football field being repaired
  • Work on the pole vault and runway
  • Relocating the old long-jump runway and backfilling the space with topsoil
  • Relocating irrigation.

It will cost an additional $63,000 to make all of the athletic facilities blue. The blue track costs $55,000 and the rest costs about $8,000.

Tree removal has also started at the high school, for future land use for practice fields and other needs.

In other action Monday night, the board approved a budget for the new fiscal year, which began July 1. There was a delay because passage of the state budget was delayed in the General Assembly. In a special meeting on June 24, the Board of Supervisors approved funding for the school division in the same amount as the fiscal year that just ended.

The School Board is requesting about $42.5 million in a lump sum from the supervisors. That amount includes the funding from the state, and additional special funding and local money over the last budget.

Robyn Sidersky: 540/374-5413

rsidersky@freelancestar.com

 

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