Community Capital Project Advisory Committee presents final recommendations to the board of education

July 17, 2015

On Monday, July 13, the South Glens Falls Community Capital Project Advisory Committee, which has been meeting since April, presented its final recommendations to the district’s board of education.

The committee, which represented a cross-section of the community, including community members, parents, students, teachers, support staff, administrators and four BOE representatives, has been studying the district’s best methods for protecting the community’s long-term investment in the school facilities by considering the advancement of instructional programs, building renovation and maintenance needs, safety and security, district-wide technology and the use of alternative energy.

Committee members used last year’s district enrollment and district building study outcomes, a recent building condition study by district architects, and work done over the course of the past year by a group of district stakeholders, as guides for the planning process. Its priorities focus on:

  • Education for our students,
  • Long-term value and efficiencies for taxpayers, and
  • Resources for our community.

Board of Education President Bill Elder thanked the advisory committee for its time and effort in preparing the report. The board of education is expected to hold further discussion about a potential capital project and make a final decision in October regarding a capital project referendum.

“The collaborative process we’ve undertaken to gather feedback from our stakeholders has been very helpful,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton. “I hope the information they have produced will be beneficial to the board of education as it moves forward with planning and finalizing the scope of our capital project.”

The committee identified several areas for improvement, which include instructional, facilities, transportation, infrastructure and safety. Within each category, the committee identified priorities for improvements, which the board of education will consider when developing the final scope.

The committee’s recommendations include:

Instructional
  • Update and enhance library space
  • Provide suitable classrooms for modern instruction
  • Support interconnected learning
  • Establish and maintain functional “makerspace”
  • Integrate technology to enhance student learning
Facilities
  • Update and improve district facility efficiencies (Transportation/Maintenance/Administration)
  • Large group – community use
  • Kindergarten classrooms, science, library, parking
  • Ensure that student class size is aligned to building capacity
Transportation
  • Current transportation facilities are becoming a liability – aging, not Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant, poorly suited to maintaining buses and maximizing the investment in them
  • A centrally located, DOT-compliant transportation and facilities hub will create cost efficiencies
Infrastructure
  • Utilities and systems -mechanical, electrical, plumbing
    • Emergency generator utilization
  • Technology – backbone to support instructional program
    o Building exteriors – windows, doors, roofing at Harrison and Moreau
  • Building interiors – flooring, ceilings, lockers, kitchen equipment
Safety
  • Plan safer traffic flow patterns around all schools
    • Parking lots with defined space for buses, student drop-off, and parking for daily use and special events
    • Address site drainage at the high school
  • Exterior lighting improvements
  • Playground improvements
  • Secure entryways
  • Handicap accessibility

View the committee’s complete report here.

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