The Colorado State Board of Education (CDE) recently approved grants of nearly $200,000 for roof replacement projects at Delta County schools.
CDE's capital construction office received 63 qualifying grant applications for Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) funds from school districts and charter schools.
The total grant amounts requested were $227.7 million in state funds and $80.3 million in matching funds for a total of $308 million in project costs. Funding was approved for 24 cash grants totaling $15.7 million, six lease-purchase grants totaling $94.7 million and two back-up lease-purchase grants totaling $47.7 million.
At Paonia Junior-Senior High, the school district will contribute $59,114 to BEST funding of $85,066. The combined funds will enable the school district to complete the replacement of the existing roof. The district has used district funds to complete approximately 85% of the roof over the past three years.
The existing roof will be removed and replaced with a 20-year 60 mil EPDM roof, new insulation, flashing, and pavers to existing equipment. The school district's contribution amounts to 41% of the total project cost.
A second grant of $99,553 will allow the school district to complete the placement of an existing roof and to replace a rooftop unit at Cedaredge High School. In 2012, the district used its own funds to complete approximately 80% of the roof. The existing roof will be removed and replaced with a 20-year 60 mil EPDM roof, new insulation, flashing and pavers.
The rooftop unit serves a computer lab with 60 computers where no air conditioning is provided. The temperature in the room has been recorded at over 90 degrees. The mechanical rooftop unit replacement will include a hot water system that runs off the boiler and will cool with water prior to entering the refrigeration coils to provide cooling to the computer lab.
The school district's contribution of $69,181 amounts to 41% of the total project cost.
While BEST grants are intended to address student and staff safety, superintendent Caryn Gibson said there have no specific incidents which raise concerns about safety of the roofs. But overall, she said, there is a heightened responsibility to ensure students and staff are adequately protected. That means looking at a broad range of issues, from adequate communication to controlled entry to every building in the district.blog comments powered by Disqus