WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County Public School officials recently unveiled their proposed five-year $15 million Capital Improvement Plan.
“We are in a much better position then we were before,” Superintendent Mark Johnston said of the proposed budget.
The division added 24 new requests that were inserted into the proposed 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Plan for an estimated cost of $5.2 million.
The Board of Supervisors funded $2.5 million for the CIP this year, a big change from when the CIP was not funded or was funded at a minimal amount, which forced projects to be placed on hold.
That leaves a total proposed Capital Improvement Plan for the five fiscal years of 2020 to 2024 of $15 million on the Shenandoah County School Division Capital Improvement Plan.
“If CIP funding stays at $2.5 million we will be able to catch up on the backlog and you won’t be looking at a $15 million CIP, it may be more like $7 million,” said Barbara Stombock.
Urgent items new to the CIP include a switch gear replacement at Triplett Tech and mobile column lifts. The switch gear is what allows the electrical system in the entire Triplett Tech school to work. The equipment is at the end of its useful life and there is a lack of replacement parts. If the switch gear were to fail, the entire school would be without electricity, Johnston said.
Column lifts are used in the bus garage to raise and then lower buses to allow crews to perform maintenance.
“It saves us a lot of money to do our own (maintenance) on our buses rather than contract that out,” Johnston said.
Two high ticket urgent needs that have been in the plan but have yet to be done are replacement of the roofs at Ashby Lee Elementary School and at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School.
The additional capital improvement funding received this year allowed the school system to replace the roofs at Signal Knob and North Fork middle schools.
Those items join designated urgent needs already in the Capital Improvement Plan: intercom upgrades at elementary and high schools, and replacement of the chillers at Peter Muhlenberg and Signal Knob middle schools.
Other requests included additional security cameras at the high schools, resurfaced tracks at Strasburg High School and the continued replacement of aging school buses.