There were no comments at a public hearing Monday evening, March 10, prior to the ZCS Board of Trustees meeting, on an additional appropriation of $100,000 from Zionsville Community Schools’ Rainy Day Fund.
The board had authorized advertising for the hearing during its Feb. 10 meeting. The money is needed to replace the primary boiler at Eagle Elementary School. The boiler “suffered a profound catastrophic failure rendering it unusable,” according to ZCS Chief Financial Officer Mike Shafer.
“The school is now being heated only by use of a secondary boiler, which is of the same vintage as the one which failed,” he said. “Given the age of the failed boiler, the damage it has suffered, and its overall condition at this point in time, we are advised that attempting to repair this unit will not be feasible or cost effective.”
Shafer said preliminary cost estimates for replacement, including delivery and installation, will likely fall in the $60,000 to $80,000 range.
“Capital Project Funds are not available in the 2014 budget in an amount sufficient to meet this need,” he said. “Accordingly, this additional appropriation will allow us to access the Rainy Day Fund to deal with this situation.”
In old business, the board had the second reading of policies for “defense and indemnification of board members and employees” and “military service.” According to Superintendent Scott Robison, the policy revisions will keep ZCS current with state requirements. The revised policies were approved.
New business items included awarding a masonry bid for the high school capacity expansion project. The board had approved awarding the rest of the bids at its Feb. 24 meeting, but Victor Landfair with Skillman, the construction management company on the project, explained the lowest bidder in the masonry category didn’t appear to meet all the requirements. Landfair recommended allowing legal counsel to evaluate the bid.