Roof Project

On November 8, 2011 the Swanton school district had a public vote concerning replacement of the Babcock building roof. The article on the ballot read:

 

“Shall general obligation bonds of the Swanton Town School District, in an amount not to exceed Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($450,000.00), be issued for the purpose of replacing the roof on the Mary S. Babcock School building?”

 

The article passed. At the school director’s November 14, 2011 regularly scheduled meeting, school directors initiated the bid process. To find out more about the roofing project and relating school directors’ meeting minutes, please visit The School Board page.

 

The school directors would like to thank the community for their participation on November 8th. Your school directors are: Mary Wood (Co-Chair), PattiJo Walker (Clerk), Jay Cummings and Gary “Gub” Thompson.

 

Sincerely,

 

Tobias Maguire, Chair
Swanton School Roof Project

 

Questions & Answers (Q&A) related to Roof Project/November 2011 Bond Vote

Q: When and where is the vote?
A: The vote is Tuesday November 8, 2011 at the Swanton Village Municipal Complex (120 First Street Swanton, VT 05488).  Polls are open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Q: What is the system/method of voting?
A: The Tuesday November 8, 2011 vote will be by Australian Ballot.

Q: Where do I get information on registering to vote?
A: Please contact the Swanton Town office at PH# 802-868-4421.

Q: When and where is the informational meeting?
A: A community informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday November 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Swanton Central School library.

Q: How will the ballot/article read?
A: “Shall general obligation bonds of the Swanton Town School District, in an amount not to exceed Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($450,000.00), be issued for the purpose of replacing the roof on the Mary S. Babcock School building?”

Q: What is wrong with the existing Babcock roof?
A: In early spring 2011 significant deficiencies (i.e., leaks) were discovered in parts of the Swanton Elementary School Babcock building roof.

Q: What parts of the existing Babcock roof are going to be addressed in the replacement?
A: It is estimated that approximately 25,000 square feet of the Babcock building roof will be repaired.  This includes the oldest section of Babcock building and/or the part of the building that has “flat roof.”

Q: How old is the current roof that needs to be addressed?
A: The current roof that needs to be addressed is approximately 17 years old.

Q: When was the original Babcock building constructed?
A: 1963

Q: What replacement solutions did the roofing company present to school directors?
A: Three replacement solutions were provided by the roofing company.  A summary follows:

  1. Single Ply membrane Roofing System – Estimated cost was $10-$12 per square foot or $250,000.00 – $300,000.00.  A 20 year useful life of roof (at best) could be expected;
  2. Two Ply Modified Polymer Built Roofing System – Estimated cost was $15-$18 per square foot depending on which type of adhesive was used or $375,000.00 – $450,000.00.  A 40 year useful life of roof could be expected;
  3. Standing Seam Metal with Framing Roofing System – Estimated cost was $27- $33 per square foot or $675,000.00-$800,000.00.  A 50 year useful life of roof could be expected.

 

Q: Why did school directors choose the Two Ply Modified Polymer Built Roofing System?
A:  Please review related school directors’ meeting minutes but especially September 12, 2011 and/or inquire with school directors.

Q: When will the current bond for the Swanton Central school building be paid?
A: The current bond for the Swanton Central school building will be paid off in the 2012-2013 budget.

Q: When will the initial payment on the new bond be implemented if the November bond vote is approved?
A: If approved, the first principal payment on the new bond will be payable in the 2013-2014 budget.  An interest only payment will be due during the 2012-13 budget year.

Q: How much money was in the school’s capital reserve fund at the start of the 2011-12 school year?
A: The capital reserve fund started the 2011-12 school year with $150,708.85.

Q: What has the school’s capital reserve fund been spent on?
A: Over the summer months of 2011 a new boiler system was installed in the Central building.  A bidding process was used to award the project.  The project was awarded to the lowest bidder (4 bids were received).  The total cost for the new boiler system project was $130,972.00 (see also June 13, 2011 meeting minutes).

Q: What is the current balance of the school’s capital reserve fund?
A: The current balance of the school’s capital reserve fund is $19,736.85 ($150,708.85 –  $130,972.00).  $60,000 is to be raised in this year’s taxes; consequently, the school’s capital reserve fund is estimated at $79,736.85.

Q: What was the wording on the original article to set up the capital reserve fund?
A: “Will the voters of the Swanton School District authorize the Board of School Directors to establish a reserve fund for the purpose of making future capital improvements in the Swanton Central and Babcock Elementary school buildings, including but not limited to the replacement of the Babcock School roof and Central School boiler and to set aside in this reserve fund an amount not to exceed $75,000, for the school year July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010?”

Q: What will school directors do if the November vote is approved?
A: School directors will initiate a bid process.

Q: If the November vote is approved, when will the work begin?
A: It is expected that work will begin and be completed during the summer recess of 2012.

Q: Why did school directors choose to go to vote in November and not wait until Town Meeting day in March of 2012?
A: Please review related school directors’ meeting minutes and/or inquire with school directors.

Q: Who are the school directors?
A: Your school directors are: Tobias Maguire (Chair), Mary Wood (Co-Chair), PattiJo Walker (Clerk), Jay Cummings and Gary “Gub” Thompson.

Q: How do I get in contact with school directors?
A: Please contact the school at PH# 802-868-5346 to receive further information.

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