FRANKLIN TWP. Delsea
Regional school district officials are set to discuss a roofing project
that includes installing solar energy panels on the middle school.
Garrison Architects of Mount Laurel Township is expected to present
preliminary plans for the estimated $6 million project during a public
meeting scheduled for Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Delsea Regional High School's
Plans include replacing 40,000 square feet of roofing on the high school,
roof repairs to the bus garage which sustained damage last year, and
a new roof on the middle school with approximately 900 solar panels.
Superintendent Frank Borelli said the board's Facilities Committee has
received a draft of the project, but that the board, as a whole, has
not reviewed it. "This is really the first stage," said Borelli.
"If we receive support on Wednesday, than we'll refine the project."
Initial estimates put the cost of the project at $6 million, but Borelli
said the district may be to do it for under $2 million with funding
from the state Department of Education and Board of Public Works. He
said the state Department of Education provides funding for approved
projects, in the form of debt service, and the Bureau of Public Utilities
provides rebates for solar energy projects.
"In five to six years, we believe it will pay for itself,"
The board could decide as early as next month when the project would
go to the voters in a referendum.
"Our goal, I think in our minds, would be to get it approved as
soon as possible," said Borelli, who added that the project would
have to take place during the summer.
The district previously had planned to work with the School Construction
Corporation on a solar energy project. However, those plans fell through
last year after the SCC, which did everything from selecting an architect
and contractors to overseeing the construction, exhausted the funds
appropriated through the Educational Facilities Construction and Financing
Act of 2000.