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District leaders and stakeholders embark on continued capital planning

February 10, 2020

Envision SGF: 2025District leaders, board of education members, architects, faculty and staff, and community members gathered on Feb. 4, 2020, for the first of three Capital Planning Advisory Committee meetings. The focus of these meetings is current building needs and areas for capital improvements throughout the district.

District voters approved a $57.8 million capital project in 2015; work for the project is ongoing but will be completed by summer 2021.

The advisory group spent the evening considering preliminary research, which included staff surveys and the state-mandated building condition survey, to look for trends, areas that need to be updated and to consider the cost of these any future bond referendums for the community.

View staff survey results here.
View priorities based on staff, student and faculty meeting input here.

The priorities of the planning process include:

  • Advancing our instructional and co-curricular programs,
  • Improving the health, safety, security and ADA compliance of our buildings,
  • Achieving energy efficiencies and cost-saving measures, and
  • Protecting the community’s long-term investment in infrastructure and technology.

Why is the district embarking on capital planning now even though there is still construction ongoing?

Just like a home, school facilities need regular attention and upkeep to continue to operate year after year as originally intended. The cost of keeping up with the daily wear and tear caused by hundreds of students, staff and visitors, year after year, can rise above and beyond what the annual school budget can support. Capital improvement projects are a way for school districts to complete a larger amount of facilities work sooner than otherwise possible within the scope of the annual school budget.

What is the timeline?

Following community input and recommendations from the district’s architects and administration, the board of education will approve final recommendations for the cost and scope of the capital improvement project and sets a date for the community to vote on the project. Right now, it is anticipated that the board could approve a project scope in winter 2020-21, with an anticipated vote in spring 2021.

Once approved, final architectural plans must be completed and approved by the New York State Education Department. The district can then request bids and award contracts for the scope of work to be completed.

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