The School Committee signed off on more than $2.46 million in health and safety repairs and modifications to Barrington’s six schools Thursday evening.
The proposed scope of work now must go the Town Council for approval. The work came to the School Committee from the recently formed School Building Committee after being vetted by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).
The work on the buildings will bring all of them up to Rhode Island fire and building codes. The exact price tag is $2,464,304 and change.
The actual cost to Barrington taxpayers, however, will be either 60 or 65 percent depending on the reimbursement rate at the time of final approval by RIDE, said Ron Tarro, school finance director. Approval is anticipated by September.
“We pared this down to the absolute minimum,” said Edward R. Frenette of SMMA (Symmes Maini & McKee Associates) of Providence, a consultant on facilities to the School Committee.
He presented the list of projects with Marc E. Zawatsky of Half Mile Road, chairman of the building committee.
“I came to affirm the building committee’s support,” Zawatsky said.
The School Committee’s 5-0 approval simply authorized the spending for the repairs. And the scope of work is still considered a “live document,” said Tarro. “We will continue to evaluate what the needs are.”
“You can always spend less,” said Frenette.
“If we don’t have to do it, we won’t,” said School Committee Chairman Patrick Guida.
The scope of work shows the following costs for each school:
- Barrington High School -- $885,609
- Barrington Middle School -- $464,841
- Hampden Meadows School -- $662,117
- Nayatt School -- $114,275
- Primrose Hill School -- $197,530
- Sowams School -- $139,930
The breakdown of the scope of work should be found by Friday morning on the Barrington Public Schools website, said Tarro.
But here is a look at some of the work and its costs at the high school:
- Replace railings in the stairs to the second floor ($13,648)
- Re-swing doors from courtyards to exist in proper direction ($32,756)
- Install fire shutters on openings to cafeteria from dishwasher ($$13,648)
- Create a second means of egress from the courtyards ($32,756)
- Replace toilet and urinal petitions in boy’s locker room ($13,648)
- Upgrade toilet rooms adjacent to faculty dining room ($44,357)
- Replace all rooftop exhaust fans ($75,066)
- Emergency and exit lighting ($64,488)
- Make fire alarm modifications and upgrades ($444,835)
Here is a look at some of the work proposed for the middle school:
- Modify handrails and guard rails in corner stairwells to second floor ($40,945)
- Replace missing handrails and stair nosings at exits from the gym and girls locker room ($20,472)
- Replace and reswing doors from courtyards to swing in proper diretion ($27,292)
- Replace kitchen ceiling with washable ties ($23,065)
- Ceiling insulating panel needs replacement in boiler room ($20,472)
- Emergency and exit lighting ($50,157)
- Allowance to cover potential HVAC system failure ($180,000)
Most of the Hampden Meadows work involves adding smoke partitions at exit corridors, extending masonry walls to the underside of the roof deck, removing ceiling grid and tiles in corridor to access and seal those openings with metal studs and rated gypsum board, and giving all wall openings at least a 30-minute rating. The cost is more than $511,000.
The most significant work at Nayatt, Primrose Hill and Sowams schools involves modifying and upgrading the firm alarms at a cost of almost $79,000 each for the former two schools and almost $69,000 at Sowams. Each classroom at Sowams also needs exit windows at a cost of $30,000.