The Weymouth Township school board is asking voters to approve spending $980,000 on electrical upgrades and new heating and ventilation units for the school. The new units will be more energy efficient and will help prevent a recurrence of a mold problem that delayed the opening of school in September.
Polls will be open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the township hall and at the Oaks of Weymouth.
Projects include upgrading the electrical system, installing four new HVAC units on the roof that include dehumidification, replacing the HVAC central system and ventilation units in the classrooms, adding ventilation in the hallways, and making some repairs to the boiler to make it more efficient. If bids come in low and there are any funds remaining, the district would also add air conditioning to the library and all-purpose room, superintendent Donna Van Horn said. Classrooms already have window air conditioners.
Van Horn said there will be no property tax increase because the district in July will pay off the bond used to build an addition to the school in 1994. The new debt will just replace the old debt. She said the district has a list of projects in its long-term facilities plan and the school board decided to borrow only as much as was needed to maintain the same debt level.
Debt service payments make up 7 cents of the school tax rate of $2.07 per $100 of assessed value, or about $86 per year on the average township house assessment of $122,284.
Weymouth school business administrator Jonathan Houdart said the state Board of Public Utilities did an energy audit of the school in the fall and made several recommendations to make it more energy efficient. The district will get a 70 percent discount on the four new HVAC units through the state Direct Install program, which subsidizes the cost of new units that are more energy efficient.
Van Horn said adding the dehumidification is very important to prevent ongoing mold problems.
“The old units did not have it and that’s why we had the mold bloom,” she said. The school opened three days late in September due to the time needed for the cleanup.
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