DARIEN, Conn. - The Darien school district will replace or repair its failing oil tanks at all schools, it was announced at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting.
Officials said the district is applying for state grants to help pay for the $518,000 project.
Last summer, the tanks at four elementary schools failed environmental tests required by the state. The district took a look at the remaining schools and discovered that none of the monitoring systems were working at any of the schools. An engineering firm was brought in to develop plans and specifications for the replacements.
Middlesex Middle School and Tokeneke Elementary will be the simplest and least expensive projects, said School Finance Director Richard Huot when presenting the plans at the Board of Education Tuesday night. At each of those schools the monitoring systems for the oil tanks will be repaired and replaced. The cost for these projects will be $6,500 each. Because the projects cost less than $10,000, they are not eligible for state grant money.
The work at Darien High School will be a little more complex, said Huot. The oil tank is located near the back of the gym near a large transformer. Electrical force has been interfering with the monitoring system, which will need to be replaced, along with all the wiring between the tank and the boiler room. The cost of this project will be $25,000.
Hindley Elementary was one of the schools that failed the test. The 10,000-gallon tank will be removed, but, because the school uses natural gas, Huot said it will not need to be replaced with a new tank. The soil will be tested for any possible contamination and the hole will be filled in. This project will cost $30,000.
The 4,000-gallon tank at Holmes will be replaced with a 10,000-gallon tank.This project will cost $144,000. The 10,000-gallon tanks at Royle and Ox Ridge will be replaced with new 10,000-gallon tanks. The cost will be $148,000 at Royle and $153,000 at Ox Ridge.
The funding for the projects will be brought before the Board of Finance and the Representative Town Meeting for approval. The projects are required to be completed before the next school year starts.