Sampson County Schools will be seeking just over $3 million in capital outlay money from commissioners for the 2013-14 school year, with the funds designated for such things as roofing needs, increased school safety and general maintenance items, that everything from repaving to enclosing a multi-purpose room.
Although it may seem early to be thinking of the next fiscal budget, for Sampson County’s Board of Education it is not. So during its regular meeting Monday night, superintendent, Dr. Ethan Lenker presented the 2013-14 capital outlay requests to board members who, in turn, gave the green light to move the request on to commissioners.
In his presentation, Lenker said that in order for the commissioners to have adequate time to consider their request prior to budget talks, it was important for the board’s requests to be sent in a timely manner.
The superintendent explained that there were three areas that the board had discussed at their retreat and he presented each area for their consideration.
The first area was general capital outlay, which includes items for individual schools, such as enclosing a multi-purpose area for the fourth and fifth grade at Clement Elementary; drainage catch basins; additional exterior lighting and re-paving of the staff parking lot at Hargrove; additional lighting and playground fencing at Hobbton Elementary; additional restroom for the seventh grade at Hobbton Middle and HVAC replacement; HVAC replacement and construction of restroom/locker room facility at Hobbton High; replacement of media floor covering and paving student parking lot at Lakewood; additional fencing for playground at Midway Elementary; installing baseball/softball bleachers, additional fencing, soccer field grading, digital marque, additional athletic field paving, risers for band room at Midway High; additional bus rider canopy and upgrade of playground equipment at Plain View.
At Roseboro Elementary projects requested for funding included a shelter for playground, water fountains for playground and paving for new basketball court; replace computer lab’s floor coverings at Roseboro-Salemburg Middle; an additional storage building at Salemburg. For Union Elementary, upgrade playground equipment area, upgrade fire panel equipment, HVAC replacements; Union Middle needs included HVAC replacements and home side athletic bleachers. Improvements for the district include mobile classrooms and associated cost, replacement of two vehicles, fire alarm systems upgrades, replacement blinds and furniture, asbestos removal and HVAC replacements.
The total cost of this portion of the capital outlay request is $1,181,500.
Lenker said in the light of recent developments dealing with school security, a need to address safety in the county schools was included in the second area for capital outlay security.
Controlled door access and security camera upgrades were the major areas where funding was requested. Lenker shared that for the district security system replacements and an additional 12 school resource officers would be requested.
The costs for capital outlay security totaled $1,575,100.
The final proposed capital outlay funding request was for roofing. Two estimates were given as Lenker shared that Anthony Vann, executive director of Plant Operations, had been able to secure two prices for roofing the Roseboro-Salemburg Middle and Union Intermediate gyms. Hobbton High’s gym area could not utilize the overlay process that was available for the other two schools so the cost for roofing the Hobbton gym was $161,000. The cost for Roseboro gym would be $141,750 but at the reduced price the cost would only be $43,000. The same holds true for the Union Intermediate gym, with the original price for the roof at $149,500; the reduced price would be $45,000. The board chose to go with the request for the lower two estimates and the total for the roofing capital outlay was $249,000.
The board accepted the proposed capital outlay requests which will now be forwarded to the county commissioners for their consideration.