It's finally time for school work to begin in New Berlin
Projects totaling $8.2 million set for New Berlin facilities
New Berlin — Work will start in December on the first of $8.2 million in maintenance projects at all six New Berlin public schools.
To pay for all of the work, the School Board approved borrowing the full amount, to be paid back over 15 years at about a 2.9 percent interest rate.
The $8.2 million in projects are the most pressing of roughly $24.7 million in work needed in all the schools. The board opted to do projects with some payback first, meaning energy saving projects predominate.
Of the $8.2 million, more than $6.2 million will be spent on the Eisenhower campus, which has waited many years while other schools' needs have been addressed, district officials have said.
The Eisenhower improvements are include costly HVAC updates. The biggest-ticket item at Eisenhower will be nearly $2.6 million for replacing 76 unit ventilators with vertical classroom air handlers and controls.
Energy efficiencies should result in annual energy savings of $78,316, estimated Roger Dickson, chief finance and operations officer.
Also among Eisenhower's projects will be the installation of a fire sprinkler system throughout the school (estimated at $731,897) and a high-efficiency swimming pool heater system and high-efficiency domestic hot water heating system ($186,429), and air conditioning in the main gym ($273,166).
And the rest
Spending at the other schools breaks down as follows: $930,701 at New Berlin West High/Middle School; $530,754 at Elmwood Elementary; $203,649 at Poplar Creek Elementary School; $137,123 at Orchard Lane Elementary; and $92,648 at Ronald Reagan Elementary.
At New Berlin West, air handling and lighting improvements could result in $77,682 savings annually. The existing swimming pool heater and domestic hot water systems will be replaced.
At Elmwood, comfort and fresh air upgrades are planned, and additional energy efficiencies should result in $24,336 in annual savings.
At Poplar Creek, more than half of the spending will be to improve classroom ventilation by installing variable speed fans and upgrading controls and sequences. Energy upgrades should yield annual savings of $14,513.
Similarly, classroom ventilation and energy efficiency will be improved at Orchard Lane, which is expecting $3,821 in energy savings annually.
At Ronald Reagan, the planned lighting and energy efficiencies should save an estimated $13,602 annually.
All the planned improvements total nearly $7.2 million. The School Board also approved a list of nearly $1 million in additional alternative projects at Eisenhower, West and Elmwood.
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