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Preventative maintenance focus of Facilities Task Force meeting

The Community Facilities Task Force met Thursday evening to continue its Long Range Facilities Planning efforts to ensure every student has adequate learning spaces to receive the highest quality education possible. Below is a summary of the agenda items from the three hour meeting. Also, check out the new Facilities Planning website: http://www.wwps.org/fp/facilities-planning-overview

Preventative Maintenance report summary:
- The district annually invests nearly $6 million or 8 percent of the General Fund budget on facilities and operations
- These funds cover capital projects, preventative maintenance, salaries and benefits, supplies, materials, contractual services and utilities
- Maintenance and facilities improvement highlights in 2016: new Wa-Hi track; LED lighting for Wa-Hi small gym; water double check installations; new dishwasher at Wa-Hi; new boiler for Wa-Hi small gym; safety handrails for Wa-Hi main gym; HVAC controls at Pioneer MS; remodeled bathrooms at Garrison MS; remodeled bathrooms at Prospect Point; HVAC cooling tower at Green Park; new glass vestibule at Green Park to enhance safety; new district office roof; and new carpet in Pioneer Library.
- The Long-range Facilities Planning process is currently focused on gathering input and analysis
- Next year, the focus is on community outreach and refinement with a potential November 2018 election

Safety & Security Audit summary:
- Comprehensive district-wide School Safety Evaluation and Audit by Sprigeo – Spring 2016
- WW Police Chief Scott Bieber and WW County Sheriff John Turner reviewed the Sprigeo audit and shared input
- Limit entry points to schools, single entry recommended
- Lock exterior doors during school hours
- Signage for visitors to check in at main office and train staff to recognize people without visitor badges
- Standardize emergency procedures
- Improve cameras and camera coverage
- Balance building a fortress and having a free-flowing school

Preliminary Tax rate summary:
- Edison Elementary bond debt is paid in full December 2018, bringing the district bond debt to zero

Next meeting: February 16 – Agenda highlights include energy audit, school committee updates, tax rate discussion


Photo: Chair Paul Schneidmiller

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