SCHENECTADY -- The Schenectady school board on Wednesday approved an emergency resolution to move ahead with repairs to Pleasant Valley Elementary School’s heating system, fixes that could cost $500,000 or more.
The board approved a resolution declaring leaks in the school’s heating system a “public emergency” and granting the superintendent authority to move forward with repairs without competitive bidding.
Over the summer, nearly all of the radiators at Pleasant Valley started to leak hot water throughout the school, including in numerous classrooms.
“They will under certain circumstances bleed out hot water, so we need to get in and get those things fixed, preferably before the next heating season,” Superintendent Larry Spring said.
The district hired outside engineers to study the problem and work with the district’s architects to develop fixes. The emergency resolution highlighted the need to make repairs to the heating system prior to the start of the heating season – about a month away.
After the meeting, Spring said he expected the repairs to cost between $500,000 and $1.5 million, noting uncertainty around the extent of the repairs and how much expensive asbestos remediation would need to take place.