Voters Approve $25 Million in Additional Spending for Indian River Capital Project | Education
PHILADELPHIA — Residents of the Indian River Central School District had the opportunity to vote Tuesday on additional funding for the district’s $41 million capital project, following rising labor costs work and materials due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the pandemic increasing costs far beyond initial estimates, the district needs an additional $25.75 million to complete the same scope of work that voters approved in the spring of 2019. According to Superintendent Troy W. Decker, in that $25 million is a built-in cushion. , so that in case costs continue to rise, there are at least some ways to do so.
Although official until the board of education recognized Thursday’s vote, the results were 57 votes in favor of the extra spending and eight against, for a total of 65 ballots counted, Mr Decker said .
The additional funding will allow the district to complete ongoing projects, including essential health and safety, mechanical, structural and electrical items in school buildings. The capital project focuses on items such as roofs, air conditioning and essential renovations to neighborhood facilities.
Teaching buildings and major support buildings have been addressed in the plan. The district’s four elementary schools as well as middle, middle, and high schools were included in the planning of the work, along with the calcium storage building, transportation facility, maintenance center, and concession building.
Some of the works the district hoped to have completed by the end of the project when the plans were drawn up include:
— Replacement of aggregate panels and windows
— LED lighting improvements
— Improved alarm and public address systems
— Upgraded temperature controls and cooling and heating upgrades
— District-wide geothermal conversion
With voter approval, all aspects of the project can be completed without impacting the local tax levy. As is, the $41 million capital project also did not increase the tax levy. According to Mr. Decker, the district’s latest projects, worth millions of dollars, have all taken place without increased tax levies.