South Washington County school building improvements approvedDistrict 833 maintenance work planned
By: Judy Spooner, South Washington County Bulletin
South Washington County School buildings are in line for improvements following approval of an annual facilities budget.
The District 833 School Board on Jan. 24 approved a $2 million alternative facilities budget that includes building maintenance such as painting, roofing and general repair.
The repairs were approved along with the Health and Safety budget and Debt Service.
The program to update heating and cooling mechanical systems in all district schools and facilities has been completed in the oldest schools but others still remain to be completed.
No facilities are slated for mechanical replacements this year but will be on the 2014-15 slate, according to district Finance Director Aaron Bushberger, and all budgets have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Education.
In the approved 2013-14 budget is $100,000 to paint classrooms and hallways at Cottage Grove Middle and Armstrong Elementary schools, $500,000 to replace toilets, sinks, and valves in Woodbury High School bathrooms and $100,000 to replace water heaters at Cottage Grove Middle and Lake Middle schools.
There is $325,000 for an engineering mechanical project and $500,000 to replace a rubber roof at Grey Cloud Elementary School and $95,000 to replace a cooling tower. Pool damage at Cottage Grove Middle School also will be fixed.
Plumbing repairs will be done at middle schools and Park and Woodbury high schools.
All bus lanes will be painted at elementary schools and tennis court surfaces at Park and Woodbury high schools will be repaired for $125,000.
Board members also approved a $738,000 health and safety budget with regularly scheduled projects.
At various buildings, hazards will be corrected on playgrounds, personal protective equipment will be replaced and machine safety will be reviewed. Other items under the budget include science lab safety, playground inspections, asbestos and lead management and testing of personal safety equipment.
At various buildings, there will be fire alarm monitoring, annual fire alarm testing and fire marshal inspections for $183,000.