Capital Improvements – Could not happen at the current AHS in a cost effective manner Maintenance – Has and continues to happen in an exceptional manner at the current AHS, resulting in the award of an additional 1.61% in state funding for the new AHS.
The critical infrastructure systems of the current AHS, including plumbing, electrical, and heating systems, are either woefully inadequate or rapidly failing. The deterioration of these systems is attributable to the fact that the current AHS was not built to withstand cost effective CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS. In the absence of an ability to do cost effective capital improvements, the building’s useful lifespan has ceased. Its viability for at least the last 10 years is attributable to the exceptional MAINTENANCE efforts of the district custodial and maintenance personnel, as recognized by the Massachusetts School Building Authority by way of awarding an additional 1.61% in state funding for the new AHS.
When the AHS project began in 2015, APS was required to submit to the MSBA details on APS maintenance schedules and facilities plans. While this information was focused on what APS does in the current AHS, it reflected APS’s maintenance and custodial programming throughout the district. APS provided the MSBA with details as wide-ranging as equipment replacement cycles (floor scrubbers, backpack vacuums, floor waxing machines, etc.), staffing levels, and the corresponding square footage per person metrics. APS also provided similar measures to determine if the district is adequately staffed and meeting professional standards in terms of equipment necessary to adhere to proper maintenance levels.
The data APS turned over to the MSBA was then re-evaluated by third party inspection teams (engineering firms, HVAC engineers, plumbing inspectors, etc.) during the facilities evaluation process undertaken by Kastle Booz and Associates during what is called the Feasibility Study phase in order to understand the current conditions and approach to maintaining the current AHS. That public study included a formal evaluation of the maintenance and custodial activities at the current AHS, in part, in order to gauge the district’s capacity for maintaining the proposed new building.
From this information the MSBA determined that Attleboro was worthy of supplemental state funding in constructing the new AHS because it would be considered a wise investment should the project be approved by voters on April 3rd vote. That supplemental funding represents one of the largest reimbursement awards given by the MSBA for facilities maintenance and upkeep in recent memory.