February 6, 2013

ELCS sets vote on capital project for March 5

State aid would cut cost totaxpayers, school super says


The work is expected to take place over two summers.


The vote is divided into two propositions.

“Proposition 1 is essential to keep the building in good shape,” Osborne said. “A section of the roof is in major disrepair, and we have experienced leakage in the areas of the band/music room and shop.”

The roof was part of the construction project of 1989-90. The water heater is 20-plus years old, as are the circulation pumps, Osborne said. The chimney needs re-pointing, and the plumbing and hardware in the old elementary section and upstairs restrooms have leaks. In addition, the sewage ejector is in disrepair, and there are concerns with the boiler pumps.

Proposition 1, which totals $341,293, would have no tax implications to ELCS property owners.


Proposition 2, which totals $310,000, focuses on asbestos abatement and replacing the flooring in elementary classrooms.

Osborne said the carpet served them well but has taken a beating from daily foot traffic with classrooms full of kids for more than 20 years. In order to put in new tile, the flooring needs to be removed.

“Right now, there are no health problems, but if we pull up the carpet, the asbestos is exposed. I think it is important in the long term to take care of these items.”

Proposition 2 requires local taxpayer funding of about 33 percent, which would translate to 4 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

“Your school building is reflective of your community,” Osborne said. “Overall, it is in fantastic condition, and we want to keep it that way.”

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