Bath School Board Wish List For 2011

Warm Springs, VA – New buses, security systems and locker room renovation are the wishes of the Bath County School Board in 2011. At Tuesday night’s meeting, the School Board finalized it’s Capital Improvement Plan, also known as the CIP, request.

Number one on the list for 2011-12 are two new buses, a 65 passenger and a 77 passenger activity bus with air conditioning and cargo compartment. The buses total about $176,000. Second on the list is camera surveillance and entrance access systems at all three schools. That cost is $102,000. And third on the list is high school locker room renovation and repair, at a cost of about $548,000.

School Board member Barbara Waldeck passed along a concern she received from a citizen that the locker room renovation cost is too expensive and that a field house would be cheaper to build. Waldeck said she couldn’t vote for the renovation in good conscience. She said she would rather have money go towards giving raises to the staff.

School Board Chair Eddie Ryder said the locker room is in terrible condition and is a health and safety issue. School Superintendent Sue Hirsh recommended completing the renovation to make the locker room safe and usable and then to make long term plans for a field house. The board approved the CIP request 3 to 1, with board member Barbara Waldeck voting no.

The fourth item on the CIP, for the 2012 school year, is parking lot improvements at the high school. Those improvements will include paving, parking space striping and improved lighting at a cost of about $158,000. Superintendent Hirsh said that a study would need to be done on water runoff from the parking lot prior to paving. She also reported that in the meantime, BARC Electric can install more dusk to dawn lights in the parking lot, but would not be able to install lights that are any brighter than what is already in use.

The schools CIP request now goes to the Board of Supervisors for consideration in the 2011-2012 county budget.

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