Sarasota News Leader

10/18/2013

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HVAC SYSTEMS AND SCHOOL SAFETY Al Weidner (far left) and Scott Lempe (next to Weidner) address the School Board during an Oct. 15 workshop. Photo by Rachel Hackney SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS SAY KEEPING THEIR FACILITIES IN TOP SHAPE REMAINS THEIR HIGHEST PRIORITY WITH THEIR CAPITAL BUDGET, BUT SCHOOL SECURITY IS HIGH ON THE LIST By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor While they voiced support for doubling the yearly allocation to safety and security measures, the majority of the Sarasota County School Board members this week said their top priority in capital budget preparation remains "asset preservation." The latter includes a new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system for Pine View School in Osprey. During an Oct. 15 workshop, Scott Lempe, the school district's chief operating officer, provided the board an overview of the district's capital improvement plan (CIP) for Fiscal Years 2014-18. He pointed out that while district staff puts together a list of priorities for a five-year cycle, the board traditionally Our buildings have never been in plans only one year of specific funding better shape. allocations. Shirley Brown Member Sarasota County School Board Lempe said he would come back before the

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