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Grant to Help Finance School Improvement Projects

Projects will be completed at no cost to residents.

Several improvement projects, including replacing part of the roof at two schools are expected to be done later this year.

The roof projects will cost $143,000 and $307,000 at Lafayette Elementary and Wayne Hills High School, respectively. Replacing the windows at George Washington will cost about $153,000. A new restroom compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act will be built at Hills for $91,500.

The district will receive a $278,000 grant from the state to pay for 40 percent of the almost $695,000 cost.

More than $362,000 will be allocated from the district’s capital reserve account to finance the remaining 60 percent of the roof and windows projects.

The local share of the bathroom project, $54,900, will be funded by a federal grant financed by the Individuals with Disabilities Act.

Superintendent Ray Gonzalez said the roof and windows projects would be bid on in the spring. Work will likely begin in the summer. Work on the restroom can begin as soon as February or March, Gonzalez said.

Pad January 13, 2014 at 08:26 PM
If it doesn't cost the taxpayer anything then where did the more than $362K in the Districts Capital Reserve Fund come from? And isn't the other 40% from the State grant still taxpayers money? I just wonder how "Spender Gonzalez" can say that these improvements are at no cost to the taxpayer. I understand that this work needs to be done for upkeep etc. But the way they always seem to use smoke & mirrors on the taxpayers. I still say a full independent audit of all financial holdings and expenditures needs to be done of the BOE at Nellis Drive.
Al Scala January 14, 2014 at 06:52 AM
Pad, I tend to agree. I would think that the money in the reserve fund is monies derived from taxing the taxpayers, from previous years.If they're going to bid these projects in the Spring, how have they come up with their costs? I would assume that bids could come in both above and below these numbers. Gonzalez loves to "spin" information.
Dawn January 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Spin indeed.....you are correct Al. The taxpayers have already been taxed on these projects since they are coming out of the capital improvement account line. Maybe it would be good of the administration to acknowledge this fact!! Looking for a ZERO based budget this year....think I'm dreaming?
Flood Plain January 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM
the only thing missing is the stuper being on this video... http://www.youtube.com/embed/osYZ1uZasN8
Pad January 14, 2014 at 04:11 PM
Maybe they should use some of the millions they have stashed away to reduce the taxpayers burden of school taxes every year. Maybe 0 increase for a few years would be nice. But in Wayne it will NEVER happen. They need to have a full independent audit of all funds, expenditures and spending at the BOE.

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