Air Quality Information
Dear Walton Families,
I am writing to provide an update on the air quality concerns at Walton Elementary School. Prince George County Public Schools contracted with Moseley Architects to have Mr. Tyler Whately, a Mechanical Engineer, conduct an HVAC Study for Walton Elementary School. The improvements needed were leveled as “Good, Better, or Best” with the differences linked to the amount of time the students, faculty, and staff will need to continue to remain in the school. The attached presentation explains the options and the recommendation selected to maintain an appropriate educational environment. The total cost of the recommended renovations is approximately $905,000.00.
This work has been divided into two phases with Phase 1 costing $415,000.00 and the cost of Phase 2 being $490,000.00. Phase 1 includes renovations to the 39 existing packaged units, rooms that were closed in that were once the breezeway areas, and the gym. Phase 2 includes the remainder of the classrooms in the I Building.
On Tuesday, December 10th, this information was shared with the Board of Supervisors and a request was made for funding. The school division identified $244,232.13 from carryover funds from FY19 ($164,232.13) and through a reprioritization of projects in the County-wide Capital Improvements Plan ($80,000.00). The Board of Supervisors approved the use of these identified funds to support the improvements. A request was made for the remaining funds for Phase 1 work of $170,767.87 for FY20 and for $490,000.00 to complete the work for Phase 2 in FY21.
It is our understanding that the request for the remaining funds for Phase 1 work of $170,767.87 for FY20 will be discussed and considered soon in an upcoming meeting by the Board of Supervisors. The additional request for $490,000.00 to complete the work for Phase 2 in FY21 will also be considered in future meetings by the Board of Supervisors.
We sincerely appreciate the approval of the first $244,232.13 that the school division was able to allocate based on carryover and re-prioritizing planned projects. These funds will be used to begin the work for Phase 1. We look forward to collaborating with the Board of Supervisors as they consider approval of funding to complete the remaining work necessary for Phase 1.
Thank you for your continued support.
Lisa Pennycuff, Ed.D.