Additional school upgrades get go-ahead

Board agrees to move forward with projects to be funded with $517,942 remaining in referendum budget
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Grafton School Board has agreed to move forward with additional facility projects it will fund from the school district’s referendum budget.

Until last week, the district had $531,592 yet to be allocated from the $39.9 million referendum approved by voters in April 2017 for upgrades at Grafton High School and Woodview and Kennedy elementary schools and the razing of Kennedy Elementary School. 

The remaining projects included in the initial referendum budget were improving the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system and water heater at John Long, new windows at Woodview and various safety and operational projects at all schools that will be completed by the summer.

In December 2017, $2.16 million in additional funds from bond proceeds were allocated for projects outside the scope of the referendum, but these were to be completed in conjunction with facility upgrades.

“The purpose of the additional borrowing was to do things the district felt were important but weren’t something they wanted to ask the taxpayer to pay for with additional taxes,” School District Business Services Director Topher Adams said. 

On Monday, the School Board agreed to allocate $517,942 of the remaining funds from the bond proceeds for additional projects and directed the administration to move forward with the upgrades. 

Those projects include:

• $219,000 for new carpeting and drinking fountains at the middle school; 

• $149,953 for flooring at the library and kindergarten classrooms and new shelving and ceiling tiles at Woodview; 

• $113,840 for kindergarten flooring, new shelving and drinking fountains and  renovating cafeteria walls at Kennedy;

• $199,331 for main office ceiling tiles, motorized gym bleachers and a school store at the high school.

Adams said work on the projects is expected to to done during spring break and in summer. He also said the district will have $13,650 in remaining funds that could be used for other proposed projects, which are estimated at $159,182.

“Some of those project numbers are estimates, so the hope would be those would come under budget and we can tackle some of those other projects with more funds potentially,” Adams said. “We’ll see what happens as we work through the process.”

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