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Batavia School Board mulls what to do with maintenance building

48-year-old building cited for safety issues

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:14 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia School Board members continue to discuss what do with the Batavia High School’s unsafe, aging maintenance building.

During a health and life-safety inspection of the 48-year-old maintenance shop in September 2013, Batavia School District 101 was cited for a number of violations and was told that immediate corrections needed to be made, including the installation of a sprinkler and fire alarm system, and to cover the foam insulation installed on the underside of the roof deck.

Those repairs are estimated to cost $130,000.

“We have been told the building poses a risk to staff,” Pat Browne, the district’s director of buildings and grounds, told school board members Tuesday. “We need to make improvements in that space or shut it down.”

According to the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, the expected service life of that building is 51.6 years.

“It is at the end of its useful life expectancy,” Browne said.

Several board members Tuesday voiced support for an option that would involve closing that building and leasing another building in the district for a maintenance building.

As proposed, the district would lease the building for $12,000 a month, with the intention of owning it in 10 years, Browne said.

He said it would cost about $400,000 to remodel the building for the district’s needs. Browne said he will firm up those construction costs, along with getting a property inspection and appraisal done on the building.

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