School repair priorities total $1.9 million

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PETERSBURG – Buildings and Grounds Committee Chairman Steve Martinelli said a recent “lengthy meeting” involved the evaluation of a priority list for much-needed repairs at local schools totaling $1.963 million.


“We’ve gone down that list and tried to get the best for the money we had,” he said at the school board’s Nov. 19 meeting. 

Repairs include the roof, hall bathrooms, roof drains and the HVAC system at the middle school and new exterior windows at the primary school.

Mold remediation must be completed at the primary school and the board would need to approve that, he said.

Martinelli said the committee met with a solar company and is seeking an estimate on what it would cost to place solar panels on land that the school district owns across Perry Road from the middle school. 

“It would be a joint project with the township,” said Martinelli. “Fifteen years down the road the panels would become ours and we would save money.”

The township would have to acquiesce land that belongs to the school district, he said.

“We could do some horse training, and get our soccer fields back, we’re working on it,” he said. 

The primary school is also in need of a new HVAC system, said Martinelli. But he said that discussion will have to wait for another day.

“You’re talking $3.4 million,” he said. “We’re fixing the most important things first.”


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