Classifieds Business Directory Jobs Real Estate Autos Legal Notices ePubs Subscribe Archives
Today is April 19, 2014
home newssports feature opinion fyi society obits multimedia

Front Page » January 17, 2012 » Carbon County News » School board approves long-term building plan
Published 823 days ago

School board approves long-term building plan


Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints

By TERRY WILLIS
Sun Advocate reporter

Nothing lasts forever, and that includes buildings, parking lots and other facilities needed to educate children. With the exception of Bruin Point Elementary School, it has been a long time since the Carbon School District built a new school in the area.

Despite diligent maintenance and best efforts of the facilities staff, major and minor renovations must constantly take place to keep up with changing demands and aging buildings and structures.

The Carbon School Board has been reviewing the list of projects and trying to prioritize them to address both the most urgent and the long term needs against the ability of the district to pay for them. For several months the Board has been combing over a master plan along with Capital Facilities and they approved the final draft on Wednesday at the regular board meeting.

Before it was accepted , District Business Administrator Darin Lancaster, went over the specifics of the plan. One of the things stressed was that this plan is a framework for the future and details and changes will be dealt with as it evolves.

Under the current budget the district will move ahead with the Wellington Elementary parking lot expansion and complete phase II of the Mont Harmon Parking lot reconfiguration in 2012. For 2013, the District will deal with the foundation piers and add a functional computer lab at Castle Heights. The cooling system at Sally Mauro will also be upgraded.

The Carbon High baseball field and tennis courts are on the time line for 2014. But the tennis courts may not be an issue if the current agreement with Price City to use and assist with upgrades to the current courts work out.

By 2015 it is anticipated a new bond may be needed to deal with the aging Helper Junior High and significant improvements to Mont Harmon Junior High. The plan calls for that coinciding with the retirement of the 2002 bond debt that the District is currently paying off. Timing it then means that the chance of a tax increase to County residents is fairly slim. That bond would also allow for re-roofing the Castle Valley Center in 2016 and a roof on the "new" gym at Carbon High.

Staying with the strategy of not entering into any new bonds until older ones have been retired, the next time the district would look at a bond would be in 2023 when they would anticipate one for replacing Carbon High, remodeling Sally Mauro and possibly a new bus garage.

At this time the district is only paying on two bonds, 2002 and 2006. Lancaster made note that many unseen factors can affect this plan, including interest rate fluctuations and unforeseen crisis that have to be addressed for health or safety issues. The board felt that this plan was solid and gave them and the public a good framework to move forward with. It was approved unanimously.

Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints


Top of Page


 
Web Poll  
March 15, 2014
Now that the Utah State Legislature is done with their regular session how would you rate their performance this year?
Good
Fair
Poor
Don't know
Don't care

View Results


Carbon County News  
January 17, 2012
Recent Local News
Quick Links
Subscribe via RSS
Related Articles  
Related Stories



Best viewed with Firefox
Get Firefox

© Sun Advocate, 2000-2013. All rights reserved. All material found on this website, unless otherwise specified, is copyright and may not be reproduced without the explicit written permission from the publisher of the Sun Advocate.
Legal Notices & Terms of Use    Privacy Policy    Advertising Info    FAQ    Contact Us
  RSS Feeds    News on Your Site    Staff Information    Submitting Content    About Us