Western Vance heating problem on school board’s agenda
Options for troubled Western Vance High School are expected at Monday’s meeting of the Vance County Board of Education.
The 93-year-old building has heating pipes and a boiler beyond repair. The building and grounds committee’s options include replacing the boiler system and a contingency plan.
The committee largely rejected the idea of installing a new boiler and raised the possibility of an electrical system capable of heating and cooling.
Western Vance, with more than 100 students, is the county’s alternative high school for at-risk students who face a strong chance of never earning a diploma.
After 10 years, the school has graduated 487 students.
Ruth Hartness, chairwoman of the committee, stressed the urgency of a contingency plan for the Western Vance students in case the boiler does not last through the winter and the school is evacuated.
Superintendent Ronald Gregory suggested the use of mobile units outside several of the county’s school buildings.
The units, which house surplus equipment, could be converted to classrooms.
Claiborne Woods, facilities director, says the cost of moving those units and making them functional would be more than $5,000.
The full board will also consider the cost-saving options available for the county’s school security project that would be implemented over four years and cost a total of $198,585.
Woods said the first two phases of the project include the installation of call boxes, front office cameras and card readers. The county could reduce project costs by about $30,000 if they are combined, Woods said.
The project calls for 61 new doors, at the cost of $3,255 per door. Woods said combining phases one and two would allow the county to add nine more doors, and a total of 70 doors over the entire project.
Monday night’s meeting begins at 7 in the school administration building on Graham Avenue. The meeting is open to the public.
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