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SGFCSD Building Our Future LogoSouth Glens Falls voters approve capital project

On Dec. 8, South Glens Falls Central School District residents approved a $57.8 million capital project referendum that will advance and improve instructional programming; improve health, safety, handicapped-accessibility compliance and security measures; achieve energy efficiencies and other cost-saving measures; and protect the community’s long-term investment in its school facilities.

Voters approved the capital project proposal 651 votes to 420 votes.

“We want to thank all of our community residents who came out to participate in the voting process today,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton. “This capital project will make it possible for us to improve and update our schools in a manner that will ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff.  We appreciate the outstanding support that the South Glens Falls community has for our school district.”

The project includes several modern updates for students: an eight-classroom science addition at the high school, as well as six classrooms at Ballard Elementary School to accommodate the growing student population. Also included in the project are expanded library media centers at Ballard and Tanglewood and upgrades to the high school auditorium. The project will also address building maintenance needs such as roofing, windows, doors and flooring across all six school buildings. A combined transportation and operations/maintenance facility will be constructed on the site of the lower bus garage on Harrison Avenue.

South Glens Falls will be reimbursed for 71 percent of the total project cost through state building aid, and the district is also planning to use $1.1 million of its capital reserve funds toward this project. The district would finance the remaining $15.7 million over a 30-year period.  The estimated annual cost for homeowner who has a home valued at $100,000 is $16 per year for the life of the loan, or $0.16 per $1,000 of assessed home value.

The next phase of the project is the final architectural design for each of the school buildings and site work plans. Improvements to the senior high school parking lot drainage is expected to be completed next summer. Once the project is approved by the State Education Department, which can take several months, a final construction timeline will be established. The district hopes to complete the capital project by the fall of 2020.

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