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School board requests capital funds for MHS boiler replacement

The Mathews County School Board unanimously approved a request to the county on Tuesday night, asking supervisors for roughly $260,000 to replace the two boilers (minus the burner units) at Mathews High School.

Back in December, one of the school’s two boilers developed a fairly major leak. Fortunately, the school has a redundant system and the other boiler was able to keep the school operating. However, a contractor evaluating the system said that the boilers are at “end of life,” according to superintendent of schools Nancy Welch.

The school will be able to keep one boiler running while the other is being replaced, Welch said. Funding for this capital project, she said, is “definitely not” in the operating budget, explaining the need for the supervisors’ request.

Speaking of the budget, Welch reviewed the latest revisions to the 2023-2024 budget, following the level funding from the county. The amended budget includes an overall 2.5 percent cost of living increase for all e...

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