As a result of a bond package approved by voters in 2010, six Kenai Peninsula Borough School District phase one roofing projects were completed during the summer.
Ninilchik School, Chapman Elementary School, Moose Pass School, Soldotna Elementary School, Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences and Cooper Landing School all received new roofs to begin the 2013-2014 school year.
A 2010 KPB memorandum stated a number of school roofs, some of which are more than 40 years old, were noted as being near the end of their useful lives and in need of replacement.
In 2010 Kenai Peninsula Borough voters approved a bond package of $16,866,500 to pay for school roof replacement. The projects are eligible for 70 percent reimbursement from the state, leaving the borough responsible for only 30 percent of the cost, approximately $5.1 million plus interest.
According to KPBSD Superintendent Steve Atwater, the unseen changes are a major improvement in the schools.
“The district is pleased with how well the roofing projects have gone over the past three summers,” he said. “The good news for all the borough residents is that more school roof replacements than originally planned were completed with the bonded money. Although roof replacements is not something that is noticed by our community, this important building maintenance activity is critical for our schools. I offer thanks to all our residents for supporting the bond that made this possible.”
During the past three years a total of 11 projects, including school roofs, and one district warehouse, have been replaced under phase one of the project.
At a July KPBSD board meeting, the school board voted to approve phase two of the capital improvement project bond.
If approved by voters in October, roof replacements funded as part of phase two would include Tustumena Elementary School, Skyview High School, Soldotna Middle School, Homer Junior High School, Paul Banks Elementary School, Kenai Central High School, Soldotna High School, Kenai Middle School and Kenai Alternative School. The Homer High School turf project also would be included.
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