The Riverhead school board is expected to hold a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss a proposed $1.7 million expenditure from the district’s repair-reserve fund for various high school capital improvements.
According to the meeting’s agenda, the monies will be used for several repairs, including:
• back plaza courtyard and lighting
• south and student parking lots
• ceiling and lighting in the cafeteria and first and second floor corridors
• rooftop HVAC supports and enclosures
• auditorium stage and stairs
• fin-tube enclosures, boiler and hot water heater
• public address system
• gymnasium wall padding
These projects are separate from the 2011 voter-approved bond project, in which district-wide construction is currently under way.
The high school is slated to receive several upgrades through the bond, including: a new roof, windows, ventilation and electrical systems, science classrooms and additional music and art space. The bond project also includes upgraded athletic fields and new bleachers, a new auditorium and renovated classrooms to replace the school’s portable classrooms.
In addition, the school board Tuesday night is expected to scrap solar panel and wind power plans from its energy performance contract, which is also separate from the bond proposal.
The photovoltaic project was planned for the high school, middle school, and Aquebogue, Phillips Avenue and Riley Avenue elementary schools, according to the meeting’s agenda. The estimated cost per school was $50,o00. There was also a proposed $12,000 wind power generation project proposed at the high school in the plan.
According to the agenda, the solar panel project should be canceled due to “capital construction project roof work overlap” and the wind project should be removed because the manufacturer is “no longer in business.”