• Capital to vote on school facilities bond
     | March 01,2013

    MONTPELIER — Residents will vote Tuesday on a bond that could cost up to $2.3 million for 23 projects at the district’s three educational buildings.

    Montpelier Public Schools Facilities Director Thom Wood outlined the bond issue at a meeting this week.

    At Union Elementary School, the key project concerns removing a 1937 steam boiler and converting another one to a backup to upgrade a steam heat system, Wood said. The school plans to hook up to a new heating district pipeline, and the backup boiler also would be available if the joint city-state project is not implemented by Oct. 1.

    The elementary school gymnasium floor also needs repainting and resealing to improve longevity, and a wall panel system in the auditorium and gymnasium needs maintenance so it will last another 50 years, he said.

    Roofing projects at all three buildings need to occur to prevent water damage, and bathroom upgrades are planned to a portion of outdated facilities.

    Various classrooms and exterior doors will also receive security upgrades, such as the ability to lock doors from inside the classrooms, he said.

    Bleachers at the high school also would be replaced. They have not been used due to safety issues and lack of compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, he said.

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