The Carroll County Career and Technology Center project, roofing and HVAC projects and an unspecified project for East Middle and William Winchester Elementary schools are the big-ticket items in this year’s Capital Improvement Plan request for Carroll County Public Schools.
The CIP request is set for public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom,125 N. Court St., Westminster.
CCPS Facilities Planner Bill Caine, during the Sept. 12 school board meeting, told the Board of Education the CIP is based on the 10-year facility master plan, which the BOE approved in June.
After Wednesday’s public hearing, the plan is scheduled to come back to the board for approval in October.
Carroll County Public Schools will have a public hearing on the Capital Improvement Plan request this week.
The Fiscal Year 2020 request comes in just over $25.4 million — the county share is nearly $17.37 million and the state share approximately $8 million, according to the request. The FY21-25 CIP request total is about $166.1 million and the cumulative total of the six-year request, FY20-25, is roughly $191.5 million.
The biggest unknown in the plan is some sort of project to either replace or update East Middle School and William Winchester Elementary School.
The previous CIP included plans for a kindergarten through eighth grade facility, though that has since changed this year. This year, there is an undetermined plan in the budget, which is essentially a placeholder, Caine said.
Despite the committee’s name, the Redistricting and School Closure Committee concluded that while there is a “pressing need to find efficiencies,” neither comprehensive redistricting nor school closures are “warranted” at this time.
“It’s in here,” he said. “If there is direction from the board prior to [the CIP request] coming back in October, obviously the CIP will be amended,” Caine said.
What to do with East Middle was discussed during the September board meeting after the CIP request, and there was a presentation from the Redistricting and School Closure Committee, which released its report and list of possible planning options. Number one was a plan for a K-8 facility, though the Board of Education has not taken any action on the possible plans yet.
The plan also includes seven roof replacements, he said.
“These are actually the last of the single-ply roofing systems that were on our schools,” Caine said.
The roofs have been replaced with a much more robust system that lasts longer, he added. After the many roofing projects the school system has had to work through, Caine said the next big systemic renewal is HVAC projects.
Most of the systems are in excess of 30 years old, he said, while the industry standard is that the systems should last 15 to 20 years. Something definitely needs to be done, he added.