The Martin County West school buildings in Sherburn and Trimont will be undergoing some extensive work next summer. This work will improve the climate control and indoor air quality at Sherburn Elementary and Trimont Elementary. Building improvements will also be made at MCW Junior/Senior High.
To provide you with a little background, MCW JH/HS was built in 1955; Trimont Elementary was built in 1958; and Sherburn Elementary was built in 1969. The boiler (heating) systems at these buildings are original, which means they range in age from 45-59 years.
Although each of these buildings have been well maintained over the years, there comes a time when regular maintenance is no longer enough and efficiencies are lost. For this reason, Sherburn Elementary and Trimont Elementary will go through a building renovation to replace the boiler systems and install climate control (dehumidification) systems at both sites. The boiler at MCW Jr/Sr High will also be replaced.
A project this widespread will, of course, be a significant investment for the District. To help pay for these necessary improvements, our residents may notice an increase when they receive the property tax statements later this fall. The increase for residential properties will be approximately $19/year for a $100,000 home. Agriculture land (homestead) will increase by approximately $1.39/acre, while agriculture land (non-homestead) will increase by approximately $2.11/acre. These funds, along with funds set-aside by the District, will allow us to make these much needed improvements to our buildings.
These projects will also provide many benefits. New equipment will result in increased energy savings and efficiencies in operation and maintenance. Most importantly, however, research shows that better climate control and indoor air quality leads to better student achievement and improvements in student and staff attendance.
Allison Schmidt, Superintendent