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Chappaqua Schools Budget for Roof Repairs

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Complete roof overhauls and minor repairs are being budgeted for all six of Chappaqua's school buildings, according to a budget proposed by Director of Facilities Joseph Gramando.

Gramando's facilities and operations budget varies from many other of the district's budgets, as each year focuses on long-term planning. As part of the 2012-13 budget he proposed on Tuesday, Gramando has created a long-term plan of repairing all the schools' roofs.

“We have a long, 10-year plan for roof replacement. And if you ask what makes me nervous, that’s the only thing," Gramando said at Tuesday night's board of education meeting. "And I’m working too hard to make that work,”

While all the buildings will require work, Gramando and his team surveyed all the facilities and compiled a list of which roofs will require work first. First up on his agenda is repairing the roof over Horace Greeley High School's gym.

"If you look at our 10-year plan for the roofs, what we are planning for the budget is that every year $100,000 is going to be coming out of the interfund transfer and also $100,000 is coming out of his operating budget," said Assistant Superintendent for Business John Chow. "So every year we’ll do $200,000 worth of improvements."

Overall, Gramando's 2012-13 budget shows mostly decreases from the previous school year. The buildings and grounds budget is down $33,442 and the operations and maintenance budget is down $35,005. The only increase is in the five-year facility plan, at $855.

“I really feel if we cut this area any further, we will not be able to keep up with the plans we put in place and I feel we can’t keep up with the standards," Gramando said. "It’s a fine line in cutting this area.”

Gramando said he has been able to keep the budget down by cutting 8.5 full-time positions since 2009, and plans to cut one more by 2013. He said he has been able to keep up standards with less staff thanks to improving technology and a different cleaning philosophy, which includes working more in groups.

“It’s working very well. We’re getting more work done," Gramando said. "I think we’ll be fine at this level.”

To keep fuel costs down, the district hopes to implement controlled heating by October of 2013. The technology would allow the schools to only heat the areas being used.

Gramando said despite the warm winter, the school did not save any money in the heating department. Though there was a significant decrease in the number of gallons used, the increasing price of fuel negated any savings, he said.

“We definitely are burning less fuel, but the thing is the price of fuel has jumped so high,” Gramando said. According to Gramando, the school was paying $2.06 per gallon in Jan. 2010, as compared to $3.20 per gallon in Jan. 2012.

The district's complete facilities and operations budget can be viewed on the its website .

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