TROY â€“ Next Tuesday, voters will be asked to approve a bond about $2.2 million for renovations and improvements to the town school. An informational meeting about the bond will be held tomorrow night, 6 p.m., at the Troy Elementary School.
The money is to replace the sprinkler system and make the school more energy efficient, which includes upgrading the 34-year-old heating system that doesnâ€™t even provide heat throughout the building.
The sprinkler system is so old that itâ€™s all falling apart, School Board Member Carol Currier said Monday afternoon. She said itâ€™s a given that the sprinkler system gets replaced. Last year the school board spent a lot of money on system repairs. â€śIt is old,â€ť said Currier. â€śThe pipes are all falling apart.â€ť
The sprinkler is a dry system, which means itâ€™s empty until something happens. If the heating system goes down and the system charges, the water will freeze and break the pipes. Sometimes the sprinkler system charges for no reason.
â€śLast year we had workers crawling around in the ceiling of the school for about three weeks replacing what they could replace,â€ť said Currier. â€śIf the bond goes through, the idea is to make a hot roof so we can have a wet system, which costs about a third of the cost of a dry system.â€ť
If the bond fails, the school board will continue to repair the existing system, said Currier, who noted it would get to the point to where it canâ€™t be fixed. Then it will have to be replaced with another dry system, because the school wouldnâ€™t have a hot roof.
The school board also wants make the school as energy efficient as possible. â€śThatâ€™s our main goal,â€ť said Currier.
The windows, doors and boiler are the original ones from when the school was built in 1978 and are not energy efficient.
â€śThey have so much more energy efficient products today than they did in 1978,â€ť said Currier. â€śWe just feel by upgrading the windows, doors and putting the hot roof in, we will save money on energy.â€ť
If the boiler system goes down, the school board might be looking at spending more money and paying it back in a quicker amount of time.
The school board is looking for grants but has not found anything, and the state wonâ€™t be able to help, said Currier, who added that if the bond passes, future budgets would be better.
â€śWe wonâ€™t have so much money going to fixing all these problems,â€ť she said. â€śHopefully it will cost less for fuel and electricity.â€ť
Voters will still be asked to approve the school budget, $2.4 million, on Town Meeting Day in March.