In addition to the daily upkeep and maintenance of the district's buildings, the Board of Education, along with Mike Gray, the Director of Business and Operations, maintain a list of Capital Projects. This list is the district's plan for its significant future buildings and grounds needs. It includes significant repairs, such as replacing roofs and parking lots, but it also includes some mandated ADA compliance issues in an effort to make our buildings handicap accessible. In the past few years, when the budgets have been extremely tight, the opportunity to address many of the district's needs has been delayed.
Click here to view the BOE's presentation to the Board of Finance regarding four capital projects.
Solar was installed at Race Brook, Turkey Hill and Peck Place in 2016.
Districts' contracted bus services had new two way radios installed along with four new base stations at each school in 2016.
Orange Elementary Schools are comprised of four school buildings spanning a combined total internal area over 200,000 square feet.
Race Brook School was originally constructed in 1959. An 11,950 square foot addition was completed in 1989. In 2006, school construction was completed on another 8,000 square feet, bringing the building's total square footage to 56,150.
Through the town's 2013 bond of 8 million dollars Race Brook had a complete new EPDM roof installed. New High Efficient gas boilers installed replacing the original oil boilers. New classroom heating vents installed. BMS was installed replacing pneumatics to control building temperatures.
A school security system was installed with state of the art technology. All of above work was completed in 2014.
In 2016 new LED lights where installed in the interior and exterior of the school through the U.I. 0% financing program. A renovation of the parking lot was completed in 2018 adding additional parking spaces to the former tennis court area.
Turkey Hill School was originally constructed in 1964. A 7,500 square foot addition was completed in 1989. The building's internal area spans a total of 54,124 square feet. In 2005, the building received a partial roof replacement over the cafeteria and gymnasium areas.
Through the towns 2013 bond of 8 million dollars Turkey Hill had a complete new EPDM roof installed. New High Efficient gas boilers installed replacing the original oil boilers. New classroom heating vents installed. BMS was installed replacing pneumatics to control building temperatures.
School security was installed in 2014 with state of the art technology.
2016 new LED lights where installed in the interior and exterior through the U.I. 0% incentive program.
Peck Place School was originally constructed in 1968. In 2006, school construction was completed on an 8,000 square foot addition, bringing the building's total square footage to 60,576.
January 2014 Peck experienced 2 major water breaks during the so called Polar Vortex. The damage was caused by the original construction of domestic water pipes on exterior walls. The damage was extensive and forced relocating Peck to Yale campus. The school was completely redone with new floors, ceilings, lighting, carpets, painting, gym floor, new heating vents and fully a/c classrooms and new ADA compliant classroom cabinetry was installed. Total cost of project 1.9 million dollars. Peck was ready to go for the start of the new year in September 2014.
Bond monies spent out of the 2013 fund of 8 million was for security with state of the art technology. New EPDM roof replacing original roof. New paved parking and drop off area.
Mary L. Tracy School was completely renovated in 1989. With a total of 49,550 square feet, this building serves as both school as well as Central Office. During the summer of 2005, construction was completed on a full roof replacement.
In 2014 again through the towns 8 million dollar bond MLT had a complete make over on the exterior trim replacement and painting and a security system was installed with state of the art technology.
By the end of 2016 through the UI 0% incentive, all the interior classrooms and board offices have LED lighting, this also includes the exterior lighting.