School Board approves three capital improvement project requests

Published 9:35 am Thursday, June 3, 2021

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The Stanly County Board of Education on Tuesday night took action on several capital improvement projects listed as part of the upcoming fiscal year’s budget.

SCS Director of Facilities and Maintenance Todd Bowers told the board that to replace the Aquadale boiler, which was projected to cost $65,000, it would now cost around $130,000.

“This is something that we have to do,” Bowers said. “The state will not let me start that boiler up in the next heating season.”

Bowers presented the board last month with a list of capital improvement project requests for the upcoming school year totaling $3 million and the board gave him the green-light to start accepting bids provided the projected costs did not increase by more than 10 percent.

After entertaining bids to replace the North Stanly High roof, the lowest offer was $653,350, with an additional $50,000 that could be pulled from contingency funds. Bowers initially projected it would cost around $500,000.

Bowers also needed approval of $160,166 to replace the East Albemarle Elementary roof with a spray foam roof. It was not originally listed among the capital improvement requests presented to the board last month but has been a recurring issue.

Superintendent Dr. Jarrod Dennis said the district has tried to improve the roof but “we can’t get it quite right and so the only option is to replace the entire roof.”

The board, after discussion, approved all three requests.



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Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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