Brandon School district OKs $5 million in projects

By Shelby Stewart
Staff Writer
Brandon Twp.-On Monday night the Brandon Board of Eduction approved over a dozen projects to be completed following the sale of the Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School building, an energy bond and with an installment purchase agreement.
“It’s equivalent to a home equity loan,” said superintendent Dr. Matt Outlaw, about the installment purchase agreement. “These [energy bond projects] are specific projects that increase energy efficiency in the district.”
Most of the projects that the district wanted to complete with the BFIS sale money are completed, but requests for proposal are going out for restroom renovations at the high school and Harvey Swanson, as well as for the Harvey Swanson air conditioning. The BFIS was sold in January.

The district will also be using an energy bond for projects that will make the district more energy efficient, including the already approved project to upgrade lighting to LED. The $2 million bond will also cover the Brandon Middle School cooling tower, univents in five classrooms at Brandon High School, roof work at the middle school, high school and Oakwood Elementary and HVAC efficiency work at all of the schools.
The IPA will cover $3 million worth of projects, with an estimated overage of $185,000 to be paid out of the general fund. The projects covered by the IPA will be ceiling repairs, floor repairs and refinishing, epoxy walls, painting lockers, carpeting and air conditioning, all at the high school.
“We do not have a sinking fund like many other districts, we’re trying to get creative, trying to find ways to take care of our buildings,” said Outlaw.

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