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Frontier proposes $183,250 in capital spending

DEERFIELD — Southern Franklin County towns will be asked to fund $183,250 for the Frontier Regional School’s capital plan projects for next year.

The five-year capital improvement project plan lists school building and maintenance priorities for academic years 2014 to 2018. The total five-year plan will cost $1,402,535.

The plan will go before Frontier’s four feeder towns — Deerfield, Whately, Sunderland and Conway — for approval at their respective town meetings.

The townspeople will be asked to authorize two Frontier articles for next year.

In one article, they will be asked to approve the $183,250 in building improvements. In the second, they will be asked to pay for the repair of the outdoor tracks and tennis courts for $119,000.

For the capital improvements, Conway will be asked to fund $23,712, Deerfield would pay $82,921, Sunderland would fund $48,213 and Whately would pay $28,404.

The individual town costs for the track and tennis courts breaks down to $15,398 for Conway, $53,848 for Deerfield, $31,309 for Sunderland and $18,445 for Whately. The numbers are based on the five-year rolling average of student population.

Next year’s proposed projects include $67,500 in upgrades to the safety and security system of the school after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December.

Other proposed capital projects for Fiscal Year 2014 include $50,000 in improvements to the HVAC system, including upgrading the classroom unit ventilators. A total of $5,750 would be devoted to electrical upgrades to power the garage and improve the emergency generator connection. And a GMC pickup and van replacement would cost $60,000.

The capital improvement projects are on top of the $9,855,695 operating budget for next year.

The future

The price tag for school year 2014-2015 projects amounts to $140,000. This breaks down to $60,000 for a HVAC circular pump, $3,000 for parking lot lighting control, $52,000 for technology upgrades, $5,000 for re-painting of the auditorium ceiling and $11,400 for auditorium carpeting, $3,600 for outside painting and $5,000 for exterior brick repairs.

For 2016 to 2018, proposed projects would cost $1,079,285.

This includes $63,000 for safety and security upgrades and $88,500 for upgrades to the boiler system, water/air balance mechanical systems, and air conditioning of the aerobics and weight room. Building improvements include refinishing the gym floor, replacing the school roof, painting the first floor corridors and locker room ceilings, renovating the TV studio and auditorium projection booth.

For $300,000, the athletic fields would be improved.

Three of the four towns have to approve the proposed capital plan for next year.

So far, the Whately Capital Planning Committee has indicated its support for all year-one projects except for replacing the GMC pickup. The Whately Finance Committee will make the final decision on the capital plan on April 2.

Deerfield Town Administrator Bernie Kubiak said the selectmen, who could not be reached for comment at press time, are still reviewing the proposals.

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