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Friday, March 10, 2006


New boiler tops school's FY07 capital expense list

On March 6, the Carlisle Public School (CPS) submitted a request for capital projects to the Finance Committee (FinCom) that left off details for the largest item, one or two new boilers for the Wilkins building. This will likely be presented as a Warrant Article once a final estimate is obtained. Other items requested totaled $106,260.

Superintendent Marie Doyle noted the school has been given estimates to replace the existing boilers with two cast-iron or four high-efficiency units at a cost of $325,000 to $395,000. Repair options are also being looked at, but Buildings and Grounds Supervisor David Flannery pointed out the boilers are 40 years old and pronounced himself "very hesitant to take on repair" given the age. Currently only one boiler is working, and it is unable to maintain sufficient heat when outside temperatures drop into the teens, "and if it fails, we're in big trouble." Any new replacement would be sized to handle a new building. The expected payback due to fuel efficiency is 13 years.

Don Rober of the Long Term Capital Requirements Committee noted his committee is recommending all CPS requests except the smart boards, also called "interactive whiteboards."
"We just ran out of money." Most items reflect required maintenance and replacement. Safety railings leading from the parking lot are a priority. "Every year we have injuries," said Business Manager Steve Moore. Technology replacement of $36,000 is an every-year item to replace outmoded systems.

The school plans to come to the town with a Master Plan for a new or renovated building in the fall. At that time it will ask for design funds, and possibly temporary classrooms. However, Doyle noted that the cost of modular space has skyrocketed due to Hurricane Katrina and would likely be $850,000 or more. "Our goal is to move the building project forward to avoid that cost."

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