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Bill Butler

Bill Butler
Interim Superintendent of Schools
Phone: 508-862-4953
Fax: 508-790-6454  

Maintenance and improvement of capital facilities is not a very exciting subject. Nevertheless, the school department manages nearly one million square feet of space, and it is important to maintain and improve that space for the benefit of those who use the space (including students, staff, and residents) and the taxpayers of Barnstable. Therefore, I am pleased to report that on April 7 the Town Council appropriated funds for five school department capital improvement projects totaling $5.2 million for Fiscal Year 2017. The projects include:

·         Façade Improvement and Roof Replacement at Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School ($4,286,000). Continued deterioration of the building exterior causes increasing water and air infiltration, and the failure of mortar joints and poured surfaces allows water penetration. Postponing this project would result in further deterioration, with continued interior water damage and structural damage to masonry walls. 

·         Parking Lot Light Pole Replacement and Restroom Fixture and Hardware Upgrades at Barnstable United Elementary School ($475,000). Existing fiberglass parking lot light poles are failing at the connection point between the base sleeve and the pole and present a safety hazard. Existing restroom plumbing and fixtures are over 20 years old and are obsolete. Replacement parts are increasingly hard to find. Postponing the restroom upgrades would result in continuing problems with leaks and non-operational fixtures with a potential for health and safety issues.

·         District-Wide Unit Ventilator Upgrades ($250,000). The unit ventilators in our elementary schools are over 50 years old. They are failing and do not operate to current air quality standards. This is the first year of a five-year plan to replace unit ventilators in all five elementary schools.

·         Pump Flange Replacement at Barnstable High School ($70,000). Existing circulating pump flanges at BHS have well exceeded their life expectancy and have begun to fail. This project will replace and upgrade existing rubber pump coupler assemblies with stainless steel replacement units. Postponing the upgrades would affect reliable heating and cooling at BHS.

·         Walk-in Cooler Replacements at Barnstable High School and Hyannis West Elementary School ($120,000). Existing walk-in coolers at BHS and Hyannis West have reached the end of their life expectancy and present both reliability and efficiency issues. Postponing replacement of these coolers would result in continued expense for repairs to operate obsolete equipment and replace spoiled food.


Our Vision

The vision of the Barnstable Public Schools is to provide a common, standards-based educational program that will enable EVERY student to achieve rigorous performance standards in order to graduate college and career ready. 


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