Nearly $14 million in school projects to be discussed by Plainville council

Nearly $14 million in school projects to be discussed by Plainville council

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The Plainville BOE approved of three school projects recently. The Town Council will soon set a public hearing. | Ashley Kus, The Plainville Citizen

PLAINVILLE — A total of $13.9 million in school work will go before the Town Council after the Board of Education approved the projects last week.

The project with the highest price tag, a like-new renovation of Wheeler Elementary School, is eligible for 65 percent state reimbursement if approved before June 30.

The cost to the town would be about $11.4 million.

“This makes this an optimal time,” said School Superintendent Maureen Brummett.

A public information session on the Wheeler construction was held earlier this month. Several residents voiced support for the project.

No significant work has been done at Wheeler since an addition in the 1990s. The proposed renovations include new ceilings, light fixtures and air conditioning throughout the building. The library, cafeteria, gymnasium, and a majority of classrooms will also be renovated.

A small connector will be added to allow easier access from one end of the building to another. The square footage of the building will not change.

The council is looking to hold a referendum on June 6. A public hearing will be held soon.

The referendum will also include $1.7 million for paving and site work at Plainville High School. Voters will also decide on whether to spend $2.1 million for a new roof at the middle school. A total of $1.3 million would be reimbursed by the state.

In total, the three projects are expected to cost the town $13.9 million.

“Timing is of the essence,” said Board of Education member Foster White.

Brummett said the reimbursement rates will likely change after June 30. The board recommended keeping the projects as one question on the referendum as opposed to three separate questions, a question the council will ultimately decide.

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