Palmyra Schools seeks voter OK on
$9.9M bond issue

By TODD MCHALE
Burlington County Times Sept 18, 2008

PALMYRA - Voters will be asked to approve a $9.88 million bond referendum to fund a variety of improvements at the district's three schools as designed by Garrison Architects of Mt. Laurel..

The Palmyra Board of Education approved the referendum set for Dec. 9 after learning the state would fund almost 40 percent of the project if it is approved at the polls.

Superintendent Richard Perry said the local share of the project is estimated to be about $5.9 million, or 60 percent of the total cost.

Perry said the upgrades are sorely needed.

"All three buildings are in an extreme need of repair," Perry said. "There are a lot of things that need to be fixed like the heat, the electrical wiring, several structural repairs, and we need to bring the building up to code and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act."

Some of the most expensive items in the referendum at the Charles Street School include: $1.65 million for new heating system and air conditioning systems in the school, gym and cafeteria; $215,000 in electrical work; $350,000 to place solar panels and install an energy conversion system; and $421,550 for asbestos removal.


At the high school, some of the big-ticket items include: $1.55 million for a new heating and air-conditioning system; $200,000 to install heat and air conditioning in the cafeteria; $560,000 in electrical work; $300,000 to put in an elevator from the basement to the second floor; and $538,000 for asbestos removal.

The Delaware Avenue School improvements include: $60,000 for boiler-room repairs; $50,000 to build handicap ramps; and $122,150 for asbestos removal.

For a complete list of the improvements, visit the school district's Web site at www.palmyra.k12.nj.us/index.

Perry said he believes now is the best time to make these improvements since interest rates and construction costs are lower than in previous years.

"Every year that goes by it's going to cost more to do this," Perry said.

 

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