King William School Board considers capital spending in upcoming budget

jojacobs@tidewaterreview.com

The School Board discussed capital projects that could be included in its 2019 fiscal year budget at its Dec. 12 meeting.

The plan includes an estimated $841,000 in capital spending for the 2019 fiscal year. Further study will precede final recommendations given by staff during the district’s budget process early next year, Finance Director Deborah Stickley said.

“It gives us a chance to determine what we want to do,” Stickley said. “We’re still working on some of the things.”

Highlights in the proposed 2019 fiscal year spending include $150,000 to replace water source heat pumps at Acquinton Elementary School, $258,000 to purchase three new school buses and $35,000 for bus garage upgrades at the high school, Stickley said.

The current water heating system is close to 30 years old and therefore in need of replacement. The system often needs repair work, Operations Manager Tony Stone said.

“We’re in there every day,” Stone said.

School Board member Steven Tupponce requested staff determine energy savings that would be afforded by the upgrade, calling that information key to seriously considering the expenditure.

The high school’s bus garage is too small to fit current school buses. The facility’s doors can’t be closed when a bus is inside and buses hit the top of the structure as they drive in, causing damage to the vehicles. The $35,000 would be used to raise the structure’s roof and replace the doors, Stone said.

The 2019 fiscal year’s capital projects are part of a long-term capital improvements plan that includes tentative projects slated from fiscal year 2018 to fiscal year 2023. The total plan calls for an estimated $17 million in spending. About $13 million of the total consists of projections related to the ongoing Hamilton-Holmes Middle School renovation project, which the Board of Supervisors approved in June.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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