D-Y School Committee Approves $43 Million in Capital Improvements Request

moneyYARMOUTH – The Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District voted last month to request a total of $43 million in capital improvements from the towns.

Committee Chairman Brian Carey said it likely isn’t that different from last year’s request.

“This is an annual project for the district, kind of an ‘open-door, this-is-what-it-looks-like’ project,” he said.

The district is seeking $18.8 million from Dennis and $24.2 million from Yarmouth.

The projects are divided into categories based on priority, with three levels representing levels of urgency starting with level one projects at highest concern.

Projects in the first level include concrete and paving, drainage replacement, oil tank monitors, exhaust fans, installation of a fire escape, maintenance fencing, upgrades to security and a telephone system. The total estimated cost for this category is $2,485,770.

The second level, which Carey said predominantly includes projects on the Mattacheese Middle School and Nathaniel H. Wixon Innovation School, include entrance reconfiguration, new chairs and student desks, roofing, windows and doors, masonry, flooring, plumbing, generator upgrades, HVAC systems and painting. These total $29,558,776.

Projects which qualified under the third category include electrical work, exterior lighting, ceilings, interior doors, fire protection, lockers, upgrades to auditoriums and improvements to a softball field and outdoor tracks. The total for this category comes to $11,047,105.

Both towns have their own Capital Improvement Committees, which Carey said will vote on and choose whether to recommend these budgets to selectmen.

Carey said there is a possibility for financial assistance from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

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