High School Aerial

A new roof for Sandwich High School is on the school district’s list of capital needs this year.

Sandwich school officials may look to taxpayers for roughly $17.5 million to fund a long list of capital projects within the district.

About 20 items are listed on a draft capital projects list provided by the district, including a new roof for Sandwich High School and new boilers at both elementary schools.

Additionally, the district has included the renovation of the existing Human Services Building into the district’s new central offices, so they can be moved out of the former Henry T. Wing School, which is slated to be turned into senior housing.

The list also indicates a need for new flooring throughout the district, as well as renovation to the portable classrooms at both elementary schools.

Replacement of the boilers is listed as a priority for all three school buildings.

The possibility remains that some of the funding for those projects could be secured through the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The boilers at the elementary schools are approaching end-of-life, being about 30 years old.

The district had previously been approved for funding assistance for the elementary school boilers through the MSBA in the amount of a 40 percent reimbursement, but the remaining $2.3 million had to be approved at Town Meeting.

Having been denied a spot on last spring’s Town Meeting warrant, the district applied for its third extension through the MSBA. This request was denied.

According to the district’s list, all three schools will need repairs and upgrades to their exteriors, including the roof at the high school. Both elementary schools require upgrades to classroom and library ventilation and air conditioning systems.

Also, both of the elementary schools are in need of playground refurbishment to make sure that the structures are safe for the student populations who are meant to use them.

At the high school, the HVAC unit on the roof also needs to be replaced, the building needs asbestos abatement, and the the building’s energy management system is in need of an upgrade, the district said.

While the wastewater facilities at all of the schools are also in need of replacement, those costs will fall either under the Water Infrastructure Investment Fund or by using American Rescue Plan Act funding.

Town Manager George H. (Bud) Dunham stressed that the list provided by the district is still very much a draft and that facilities director Jonathan Nelson is currently in the process of reviewing the projects with an engineering firm to check cost estimates.

More detailed information is expected later in the budget season.

Mr. Dunham said he is inclined to bring the projects forward together as a Proposition 2 1⁄2 debt exclusion, most likely bonded over 10 to 20 years.

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