About $5 million in work is underway in Glenview Elementary School District 34 to repair roofs, repave parking lots and sidewalks, replace emergency generators and lights and other projects.
Improvements, which kicked off when the school year ended, are being made at each of the district's eight schools except Attea Middle School. The work is expected to be done by fall.
The district issued $5 million in bonds to pay for the projects.
Although the projects may not be flashy, district officials say they are crucial to keeping the schools running and in good condition.
"These facility projects address the top priorities identified after an extensive review of our school buildings as we work to maintain our facilities at the level the community expects," said Superintendent Michael Nicholson in a statement.
The work includes moving to a more energy-efficient light bulb size throughout the district, replacing emergency generators at six schools, replacing gym tile and flooring at Westbrook School, adding tile in some hallways at Lyon School, updating water pipes at Glen Grove School, paving throughout the district and more.
At Springman Middle School, the east locker room tile and gym air handling units will be replaced and the roof will be repaired..
About $1.6 million in projects will be paid through "Life Safety" bonds, authorized by state statute for the purposes of making capital improvements that are for health, life safety, security and fire prevention. The rest will be paid through working cash fund bonds.
A change in the way those funds were allocated – which occurred after the budget was adopted last fall – necessitated an amendment to the 2013-2014 budget at a meeting earlier in June. Also at that time, the board approved a tentative budget for 2014-2015, which calls for a 1.5 percent increase to the property tax levy. The final budget is expected to be adopted in September.
"The key assumption and our greatest source of revenue is, of course, our property tax collections," said Mary Werling, assistant superintendent for business. "The 2013 levy was based on the 2012 Consumer Price Index of 1.7 percent. The 2014 levy will be based on 2013 calendar year Consumer Price Index of 1.5 percent."
Under state law, a school district can only raise the tax levy by the rate of inflation or 5 percent, whichever is less.
A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Sept. 15.Copyright © 2015, CT Now