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Van-Far school board approves Proposition A for ballot

Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 8:53 am

Van-Far Superintendent Chris Felmlee

After a few months of planning and discussion, the Van-Far R-I School Board unanimously voted to place a no tax increase item known as Proposition A on the April 3, 2012 election ballot.
If approved at no cost to the voters, the district would be able to borrow $1.4 million for the purpose of “providing funds for the construction, equipping, and furnishing of energy efficiency improvements including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning upgrades; to complete roof repairs and replacement, tuck pointing and brick replacement, and other remodeling and repair improvements to the existing facilities of the district and issue bonds for the payment thereof.”
The approval of Proposition A would leave the estimated debt service levy unchanged at $.06346 per $100 of assessed valuation of real and personal property. Approximately $563,000 comes from a turnkey estimate given by Schneider Electric for replacing the pumps of five existing older boilers with four new modular boilers at the high school. Sequencing controls are included and the boilers can be enabled and disabled by the central energy management system (EMS). The current boilers are near the end of their useful life, parts are hard to find for their pumps, and it is expected the new efficient boilers will save the district a lot of money in the future.
Another $662,500 is estimated for replacing the elementary roof with a new roof that is a white reflective membrane. A number of existing exhaust fans no longer being used would need to be pulled out before the roof is replaced. An insulation of 2” would be added while wall panels would be added to reduce the possibility of leaks where walls come up from the roof in three areas.
The current roof is past its useful life, has leaking in interior spaces, has water between the membrane and decking, has loose pitches, and visible punctures/tears.


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