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MWCS plans $3.2 million capital project


MADRID — The Madrid-Waddington School’s proposed $3.2 million capital project plan will include several safety and structural upgrades.

Administrators say the exact scope of the project is still being worked out, but several priority areas include replacing the school’s 15-year-old boilers, repairing the water-damaged roof above the auditorium and high school gym, and restructuring the building’s main entrance to improve security.

Repairs to the roof are estimated at $400,000, while replacing boilers could cost $295,000.

According to the plan, the student drop-off area and parking lot will be reconfigured.

“When parents drop off their students and go through the parking lot, they will pass the buses as they are unloading even though the red stop sign is flashing,” Superintendent Lynn M. Roy said. “They also go out the same exit as our buses, so it is posing a danger to our students’ safety.”

The plan also includes installing door sensors and a handicapped-accessible bathroom near the building’s main entrance.

New bleachers and an outdoor track are on tap for the school’s athletic fields.

The exact cost of the project has yet to be estimated by architects, but administrators have currently capped the project at $3.2 million.

Much of the project will be paid for with state aid, Mrs. Roy said. A financial consultant will be invited to the district’s February meeting to discuss the district’s other funding options, including using bonds and the district’s financial reserves.

Administrators say they will have a final tally of the costs and funding sources as well as a complete list of improvements determined by its March meeting.

“Nothing is set in stone yet,” Mrs. Roy said.

The project is slated to begin in May 2015.

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