Timberlane’s Facilities Committee has put forward budget requests totaling $1.9 million. This is more than a doubling of last year’s facilities budget.
At the November 5th school board meeting, the board discussed how they could strip items out of the facilities request either by moving them to warrant or cutting them altogether for inclusion in another year (via the Capital Improvement Plan). They cut just $180,000 worth of projects. Projects retained included the future purchase of generators for the PAC and the high school with 50% of the acquisition costs funded by a federal grant. Cost to Timberlane for two generators would be $217,000- after 50% paid by government.
Another large item in the budget request is $370,000 to repoint the exterior bricks of the gym. You are reading that correctly: $3-7-0 THOUSAND. To put such a gargantuan number in perspective, Sandown’s road paving and repair budget for 2015 is $327,500.
Here is a video clip of me questioning the Facilities Director, Mr. Hughes, as to whether he has explored other solutions for the wall. What follows is instructive. For the record, you should know that despite Ms. Steenson’s avowals, an alternative approach to fixing the gym wall was not discussed at a Facilities meeting and my question was both new, to the point, and certainly of interest to taxpayers.
How do I know the repointing of the gym wall was not questioned? I attend all the Facilities meetings. Furthermore, despite Ms. Steenson’s implication to the contrary, neither the Facilities Committee nor the Budget Committee are ever provided with any written third party quotes, bids or estimates for the facilities and site work numbers being requested in the budget. You hear a lot of things at school board meetings. Not all of it can be taken at face value.
I can only hope the budget committee questions some of these projects and puts some of them to warrant for the voters to decide.
Building Projects historical budget:
- 2011: $608,850;
- 2012: $273,400;
- 2013: $472,400;
- 2014: $457,310;
- 2015: $457,310; (default budget)
- 2016: $647,310
- ASK 2017: $1.632 million
Site projects Budget:
- 2011: $67,250
- 2012: $79,800
- 2013: $143,500
- 2014: $159,050
- 2015: $159,050 (default budget)
- 2016: $217,600
- 2017: ASK $349,000
Yes, our facilities are aging but our budgets to maintain them have also escalated.
You can watch the entire school board meeting here:
One response to “Facilities Budget Doubling”
$217k sound exceesive for two generators. What is their power rating. I know when we looked at this for Atkinson, the request was made for $65,000 for a three phase 17k Generator, however when we did the research we found that one could be purchased for $17k and installed along with transfer box for another $4k.