DERBY- The North Country Union Junior High School board voted to propose a bond for up to $1.9 million for major upgrades to the school. There will be several public hearings for the taxpayers in Derby, Holland, Jay, Morgan and Newport City before the bond vote. The bond would be paid off over a 20-year term at 4 percent interest, although the interest rate may be lower, according to Vice-Principal Colleen Storrings. There is an opportunity to get a lower rate, but she is still investigating the possibility.
Working with consultants from engineering firm DuBois and King for over a year, the building committee offered a multi-tiered proposal. Issues include safety, asbestos removal, mechanical, electrical, and temperature control updates. Bathrooms must meet ADA sanctions throughout the school as well as in the boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ locker rooms. Nonfunctioning showers will be replaced, and plumbing with 57-year-old pipes must be replaced as well.
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