A proposition in the Westport Central School District to install a generator and make improvements to the school library passed, 171-157, during voting May 15.
The other half of the project will be the installation of a 150-kilowatt diesel generator which will allow the building to function as a shelter in case of an emergency. The generators installment will require construction of a concrete pad in the front of the school and also will require a brick facade to hide it from street view. Whitford said the generator’s installment will require major rewiring to allow it to power the school’s heating system, life safety systems and the kitchen.
The school will be able to function as a shelter for Horace Nye Nursing Home and Camp Dudley in the summer.
“It won’t light the addition of the building, but it will allow us to have emergency light, heat and support to function as a Red Cross Shelter,” Gallagher said.
Other projects originally proposed for inclusion in the project were repairs to the bus shed, rehabilitation of the schools parking lot and upgrades in building security. Gallagher said those projects will have to wait when more money becomes available. Gallagher said the board wanted to complete projects that would have the most limited effect on tax rates.
The school board will hold a public hearing on the project May 3, and residents will vote on the project at the districts annual meeting on May 15.