Frontier proposes $183,250 in capital spending
DEERFIELD — Southern Franklin County towns will be asked to fund $183,250 for the Frontier Regional School’s capital plan projects for next year.
The five-year capital improvement project plan lists school building and maintenance priorities for academic years 2014 to 2018. The total five-year plan will cost $1,402,535.
The plan will go before Frontier’s four feeder towns — Deerfield, Whately, Sunderland and Conway — for approval at their respective town meetings.
The townspeople will be asked to authorize two Frontier articles for next year.
In one article, they will be asked to approve the $183,250 in building improvements. In the second, they will be asked to pay for the repair of the outdoor tracks and tennis courts for $119,000.
For the capital improvements, Deerfield’s would face a $82,921 tab, Sunderland, $48,213, Whately, $28,404 and Conway, 23,712, The individual town costs for the track and tennis courts breaks down to $53,848 for Deerfield, $31,309 for Sunderland and $18,445 for Whately and $15,398 for Conway. The numbers are based on the five-year rolling average of student population.
Next year’s proposed projects include $67,500 in upgrades to the safety and security system of the school promoted after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December.
Other proposed capital projects for fiscal year 2014 include $50,000 in improvements to the HVAC system, including upgrading the classroom unit ventilators. A total of $5,750 would be devoted to electrical upgrades to power the garage and improve the emergency generator connection. And a GMC pickup and van replacement would cost $60,000.
The capital improvement projects are on top of the $9,855,695 operating budget for next year.
Three of the four towns have to approve the proposed capital plan for next year for it to be adopted.