NORTH TROY â€“ Voters went to the polls for a third time to vote on a $1.07 million bond to make renovations to the school, and rejected it by a vote of 92-84. For over a year, school officials and board members have maintained the argument that renovations are necessary. However, voters didnâ€™t buy it and rejected the bond, sending board members back to the drawing board.
The actual construction now is about $890,000. The school board added $182,000 for contingency costs. However, board members hoped they wouldnâ€™t need the extra money.
During a public meeting Wednesday, Jennifer Daigle, co-chair of the school board, said the school board had to address code violations that were covered in the initial bonds. The money came out of the budget and is no longer part of the bond.
â€śWe really think this is as low as we can go at this point,â€ť said Daigle. She called the renovations bare bones.
Renovations include installing a new energy efficient boiler, updating and making the electrical system code compliant, installing a new sprinkler system, insulating the roof to protect the sprinkler system and reduce heat costs, site work to provide safer traffic flow, better drainage and more parking.
Renovations also include a gabled south entrance to divert water and snow load from the front of the building, installing wall insulation and siding to seal the building envelope, installing new windows and doors to reduce heat lost, installing door closers and magnetic hold devices, making renovations to the office and entryway and renovating the sidewalks.
Principal Chris Young told the handful of residents who attended the meeting that he had spoken to North Troy Fire Chief David Allen regarding traffic flow and the traffic situation. Allen is reportedly concerned that itâ€™s difficult, giving the current parking situation, to get the fire trucks in and out of the school yard. Young would also like to have an intercom system in case of emergencies.
Glenn Hankinson, director of business for the North Country Schoolâ€™s Supervisory Union, said Â the first payment on the bond, presuming the town did financing and construction over the summer, would be a year away.
â€śIt really doesnâ€™t have an impact on the current budget that they (school board members]) are working on for Town Meeting Day,â€ť Hankinson said.
The board could bond for five years for $1.150 million, or for 10 years for $1.214 million, or for 20 years for $1.423 million.