An additional $237,700 will be spent on capital improvements in the Moffat Count School District this year.
At the annual public meeting to discuss the 2002-03 budget, which must be finalized and passed by June 30, Moffat County Board of Education members assessed proposals from each building in the district on capital improvements administrators would like to see made this year.
The additional money being spent on capital improvements this year is due to carry over dollars from last fiscal year and additional grants not originally budgeted into the 2002-03 budget.
"The board directed us (the administration) to take the additional fund balance and come up with recommendations on how to spend that money for capital improvements," Superintendent Pete Bergmann said.
The district had originally budgeted $296,500 into capital improvements for 2002-03.
The additional $237,700 brings the total amount budgeted to capital improvements for 2002-03 to $534,200.
Bergmann said it is important the district begins to develop a long-range plan to maintain upkeep on district buildings.
"Facilities are an issue," he told the board. "I believe we need to establish a long-range plan for facilities. I'm not looking for an answer now but it's something we need to consider."
Right now all buildings in the district are overused for recreational purposes, he said.
"Our facilities are the community recreation center right now," he said.
Board member Rod Durham agreed Monday night to sit on a planning committee for a community recreation center in Craig, in which county and city governments in Craig have asked the school district to participate.