Residents may have noticed emergency repairs recently being made on the grounds of our Middle School/High School complex. The reason is that the septic pools, which are more than 50 years old, became clogged, began to malfunction and needed to be repaired immediately. Initially, the job was projected to cost more than $2.5 million. However, by researching less costly options to handle the emergency repair, the District found a way to complete the project for approximately $500,000 – saving close to $2 million in unanticipated expenses and avoiding the need to go to taxpayers for the funding.

The much costlier $2.5 million option included hooking up to the county sewer line. In addition to the significant expense, implementing this option would have required a lengthy approval process with the State Education Department which would have delayed the immediately needed remediation for many months.

Instead, the District chose a less costly and more expeditious solution. The malfunctioning septic pools are in the process of being pumped, cleaned, and repaired. Additional pools are in the process of being installed.

Fortunately, the project is being paid for to a large extent from the Repair Reserve which was created to pay for unanticipated, emergency repairs such as this one. Consequently, there will not be any future impact to taxpayers.

The entire project is expected to be complete by the end of December.