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County OKs Board of Ed’s capital improvement plan

Renovation at SHHS and energy efficiency project at SHMS top list of priorities

NANCY POWELL ¦ Staff Writer

Superintendent Jerry Wilson Superintendent Jerry Wilson(Nov. 9, 2012) The Worcester County Commissioners approved, but did not discuss, the Board of Education’s capital improvement plan for fiscal year 2014 Wednesday.

The two school construction projects in the plan are the renovation and addition at Snow Hill High School and an energy efficiency project at Snow Hill Middle School.

Superintendent of Schools Jerry Wilson told the commissioners that he needed their approval of the capital improvement plan as a planning document and wanted to proceed with bidding for the work this summer at Snow Hill High School. He wants construction to begin on that project in January 2014.

Approval of the proposed plan is needed by Nov. 28, Wilson said.

The work at Snow Hill High School has been discussed for several years. The commissioners considered the need for it in 2001 and authorized a feasibility study in 2003. Architectural and engineering construction documents were finalized in 2006 and completed architectural designs were reviewed and approved by the Maryland Interagency

Committee for School Construction in 2007. That made the project eligible for state funding.

The work at Snow Hill Middle School, meanwhile, includes the replacement of lamps and ballasts in more than 2,000 light fixtures. Delmarva Power estimates a 55 percent reduction in annual lighting kilowatt hours that would reduce the school’s yearly utility bill by $40,000.

Wilson also told the commissioners the complete renovation or replacement of Showell Elementary School is still a priority. A preliminary site survey was completed in 2008 and a feasibility study is scheduled for next fall.

The Board of Education hopes to seek state authorization to begin the architectural planning in fiscal year 2016 and to ask for construction funds in fiscal year 2017.


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