Sharon will have April referendum

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February 17, 2010
— Residents in the Sharon Community School District in April will vote on whether to make efficiency and security upgrades at the elementary school.

The school board Tuesday morning voted in favor of a $5.98 million referendum question for the April 6 ballot.

The upgrades would not change the school’s footprint and are intended to improve day-to-day functions, District Administrator Steve Huebbe said.

“These are basic bricks and mortar work,” Huebbe said.

Huebbe said the upgrades would include:

-- Roof repairs.

-- Replacing the boiler with one that heats with hot water rather than steam. The new boiler would be digitally controlled, which would add efficiency.

-- Brick repair and tuck pointing on the building’s exterior.

-- Reconfiguring the school’s entrance to make it more welcoming and to add a check-in point for improved security.

-- Reconfiguring the way water mains run into the school, which would also require upgrades to ceiling tiles.

-- Replacing the original wood floors in the part of the school that was built in 1935.

-- Replacing windows and adding other energy-efficiency tools.

“We’re not looking at any additional footprint,” Huebbe said. “We’re just looking at maintaining what we have.”

The last major upgrade at the school was in 1992, Huebbe said.

The school at 104 East School Street serves 300 children.

The district will schedule public-information sessions so residents can learn about the plans.

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