ERIC Number: ED419376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
District of Columbia Public Schools: Availability of Funds and the Cost of FY 1997 Roof Projects. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Restructuring and the District of Columbia Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate. Statement of Gloria L. Jaimon, Director, Health, Education, and Human Services Accounting and Financial Management Issues, Accounting and Information Management Division.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Accounting and Information Management Div.
This document presents the results of a review of the District of Columbia Public Schools' (DCPS) efforts to repair school roofs during the summer of 1997. The statement details when funds were made available to pay for roof repairs, the costs of the roof repairs, and additional roofs to be fixed in fiscal year 1998 and beyond. Sufficient funding ($38 million) to begin roof work became available in 1997 and repairs were initiated that summer. A review of construction shows that the DCPS spent $37 million for roof repair in fiscal 1997. The cost included an extensive amount of work to ensure that facilities were structurally sound and watertight. Considering the costs for all the work involved, the average per spare foot cost was about $20. Contracts managed by the General Services Administration averaged $13 per square foot, whereas contracts overseen by the DCPS cost around $22 per square foot. Much of the cost was caused by extensive repairs that were required at particular schools. For fiscal year 1998, the DCPS Capital Improvement Program budget shows that about $35 million will be spent on 40 school-roof projects. (RJM)
Descriptors: Capital Outlay (for Fixed Assets), Construction Costs, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, Roofing, School Buildings
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013; phone: 202-512-6000; fax: 202-512-6061.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Accounting and Information Management Div.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia