Frontier Regional cuts school capital requests by $50,000
The Frontier Regional School Department has pulled back on some of its capital projects, eliminating the request for $50,000 in HVAC improvements and $119,000 to pay for track and tennis court repairs.
The adjustments drop the total capital project request for fiscal year 2014 from $183,250 to $133,250 for its four feeder towns — Sunderland, Deerfield, Whately and Conway.
The school department altered its requests after three towns — Sunderland, Deerfield, Whately — complained the projects cost too much.
The capital projects are part of a five-year plan to maintain the 1997 renovated building. The adjusted total plan is $1,352,535.
To work out a compromise, Superintendent Regina Nash, Frontier Regional School Principal Martha Barrett and Frontier and Union 38 Schools Facilities Manager Bob Lesko began lobbying the individual towns this week.
The four town assessments for the capital improvements have decreased accordingly. Deerfield will be asked to pay $60,295. Sunderland will be asked to pay $35,058 and Whately will be asked to pay $20,653. Conway will be asked to pay $17,242.
— KATHLEEN McKIERNAN