Portage schools look to fund $2.7 million in projects

2013-04-25T20:15:00Z Portage schools look to fund $2.7 million in projectsJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | The Portage Township School Board was presented with a $2.7 million three-year capital improvements plan Wednesday night.

"There is a series of fix-it rehab issues we have to address," Superintendent E. Ric Frataccia said. "We are at the broken stage, and when it is broken it is expensive to fix it."

The plan, which would cost about $1.5 million this year, also outlines significant expenditures to improve safety and security at each of the district's buildings. About one-third of the expenditures are marked for security improvements, Frataccia said.

Still, he told board members, there are some security improvements for which he doesn't yet have cost estimates.

A primary expenditure will be significant changes to Jones Elementary School, where the kindergarten classroom is located just off the entryway and before the office. Frataccia said there is a need to move that classroom space from the front of the building and possibly place the office in its place.

In addition, security work also includes replacing some interior doors and locks inside buildings as well as improving security at entryways into the buildings.

Another large expenditure is some $475,000 in asphalting projects at various school buildings and near the transportation department.

Other projects include replacing the fuel station pumps and canopy over the stations; replacing the sign at Willowcreek Middle School; replacing carpet with floor tiling and replacing direct drive controls. The DDCs allow the control of heating and air conditioning at all buildings from one central location.

Many of the items needing replacing are simply worn out and the district is having difficulty finding replacement parts, Frataccia said.

Funding for the projects will come from a variety of sources, including the capital projects funds and, at the high school complex, funds remaining from a bond issue.

Frataccia said the district also may have to look at tapping into the rainy day fund to pay for some of the projects.

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