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Madrid-Waddington considers capital project

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MADRID – The Madrid-Waddington School Board of Education is considering a capital project in 2014-2015 focused on saving energy and fixing the school’s leaky roof.

A large portion of the project would involve updating the school’s heating system. The school’s overworked boilers are costing the school hundreds of dollars in energy bills, Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Ed Charlton said Tuesday.

“They are condensing boilers,” he said. “They are not made to run wide open all the time. Some of them have started up over 20,000 times in the last 10 years. They are firing up six or seven times an hour.”

Typically, Mr. Charlton said, the boilers are made to run 4 to 5,000 times in a five-year period. If the problem persists, the boilers could become damaged or unusable, he said.

“We are going to start losing boilers like Lisbon,” Mr. Charlton said. “They replaced three out of the six in Lisbon because they are firing them too much.”

Updating and auditing the boilers could cost $20,000, while it would cost $30,000 to replace each boiler, Mr. Charlton said.

The savings cannot be determined until the school received its first energy bill, but Mr. Charlton said he predicts they will be “significant.”

Firing rates are not considered during safety inspections.

Portions of the 30-year-old roof have also been slated for repair.

“Areas over the administration, high school and cafeteria are all leaking,” Mr. Charlton said.

Superintendent Lynn M. Roy asked to see estimates for both projects before the district will determine how to pay for them.

The board of education could decide to pay for the repairs by tapping into its building reserve in 2014 or designating the work as a capital project for 2014-2015.

The board said it is also holding an auction or bidding several obsolete items from its cafeteria, bus garage, and buildings and grounds department.

“It’s all part of an effort to clean house,” District Clerk Julie Bresett said. The last auction was held over five years ago.

The bid process would be held May 22, with bidders chosen May 23.

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