Hill and Plain School needs a new heating system, as well as asbestos removal.

Schaghticoke Middle School needs new student lockers.

To pay for these one-time expenses, New Milford school leaders want to ask the Town Council and Board of Finance to use $450,000 from its capital reserve account.

The capital reserve fund is managed by town officials, but the money in the account comes from school district surplus.

At this time it has a balance of about $875,000.

The Board of Education facilities committee was informed Feb. 7 the projected cost to replace an aging boiler at the elementary school would be about $375,000.

The lockers are expected to cost about $60,000.

The boiler costs, however, could be more, but Superintendent of Schools JeanAnn Paddyfote said she would adjust the locker request rather than seek more money.

Board committee member David Lawson said he believes both projects are necessities and wants to ask for enough money to cover both projects.

The committee voted to recommend the full board consider the request when it was to meet Feb. 14.

The committee also accepted new tuition rates for Sherman students who elect to attend the high school during the next three years.

The rates accepted by Sherman leaders will be $11,148 for the 2012-13 school year, $11,399 for the 2013-14 school year and $11,684 for the 2014-15 school year.

The high school annually gets from 85 to 100 students from Sherman.

New Milford school leaders also were advised the town audit has been completed and there had been no criticism of the school's accounts, with only about $3,000 left unaudited.

Fiscal services director Gregg Miller said he expects, within the next month, to have a projection of an end-of-the year balance for 2011-12.

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