OCS approves 5-year capital project plan

Published 12:01 am Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Opp City Board of Education approved a five-year capital plan Tuesday night.

OCS Superintendent Michael Smithart called the annual plan a wish list.

“(Our assessor) is able to go around and see what our greatest needs are,” he said.

“It requires approval by the board and we will work through priorities as we can.”

First on the list, and “top priority,” is new roofing at the OCS Board of Education transportation building, he said.

“It can’t be deferred any longer,’’ Smithart said. “We are looking at it now.”

The $75,000 project will replace old leaking flat roof areas of the transportation service building.

Second on the list, which is scheduled for funding year 2013, is a new HVAC system at Opp High School.

All classrooms and heating air handlers in the main building at OHS were installed some 37 years ago, and are past life expectancy, the report says.

The project budget is $750,000, but the funding source is unknown at this time.

In 2014, an HVAC replacement is proposed at Opp Middle School, with a budget of $500,000 to be paid for using federal funds.

An interior wall redesign and building modifications, along with 33-year-old rooftop A/C units have caused the present system to have hot spots and frequent unit break downs, and are not energy efficient, the report says.

A replacement tile project is slated for OMS in 2015 to be paid for by out-of-public school funds with a $75,000 budget.

A similar project is proposed for OHS’s main building. The budget is set at $100,000, which will be paid for by out-of-leveraged public school funds.

A restroom renovation at OHS is also on the plan for 2015, with a $100,00 budget.

In 2016, plans are to replace all plumbing fixtures in the OMS gym dressing room and restroom, and replace the main distribution electrical panels in the gym and cafeteria. The total budget for both projects is $85,000.