Southwest schools seeks $1.3 million in bonds

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Funds would cover HVAC, plumbing, flooring, insulation

The Southwest school district will be pursuing a bond issue in April, seeking $1.3 million for needed facility repairs and updates.

"The board approved the ballot language and resolution for the bond issue, which will be ran by the school district in April," said Tosha Tilford, Southwest superintendent.

One of Tilford's goals when she assumed the position of superintendent during the 2016-2017 school year was to conduct a district-wide evaluation of school facilities to ensure they were working efficiently and met proper standards to best serve students, staff and the community.

The district hired CTS Group to conduct a thorough evaluation, which recently presented its findings to the board.

"The firm determined that renovation and structural repair, including possible addition of HVAC system, energy efficient lights, new insulation, and floor refinishing or replacement should be a priority," Tilford said. "In addition, CTS evaluated the elementary school restrooms, which have been causing the district plumbing issues and should be considered."

Renovation of the elementary restrooms would involve removal of existing plumbing, which dates back to the early 1960s, and an upgrade to two existing restrooms with a possible addition of another set of restrooms at the end of the north hallway, Tilford said.

CTS Group also suggested the district update and upgrade its HVAC units on the elementary and middle school campus to energy-efficient units, which would help conserve energy, and school dollars. The current units are nearly 25 years old and cannot be repaired due to unavailability of parts.

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