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Residents to vote on $12.8 million building renovations/maintenance referendum in May: Four-facet project would not increase school taxes
Unadilla Valley Central School District residents will head to the polls on May 19 to vote on a $12.8 million building project that includes maintenance, renovations and upgrades to the current school building. The Board of Education approved the proposal at its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 9.

The project would be funded through a combination of building aid from New York State, EXCEL aid, the district’s capital reserve fund, and potentially money from the New York Bonds for School Technology Act. There would be NO increases to school taxes.

The current school building was completed in 2003 (classes began in December 2002) and is in need of maintenance and renovations. The Community Facilities Committee has proposed a four facet plan to maintain and improve the facilities and grounds – which includes energy efficiency, security, technology, and regulatory compliance – with a focus of maintaining the building through multiple projects over the coming years.

“Rather than put out one very large project, our community facilities committee has recommended smaller projects every few years so we can develop a long term maintenance plan that minimizes impact on budgets and taxes,” said Superintendent Robert Mackey.

“Our goal has been to propose a plan to the community that puts students and learning first, cost savings and maintenance second, and compliance with state and federal regulations third.”

The renovations/maintenance projects would include:
  •  Renovating and enlarging the agricultural/technology area to include a greenhouse that can be used as a year-round classroom and make the lab or shop area safer for the number of students in the programs;
  • Adding video cameras and electronic access linked to the district’s surveillance and automatic lockdown systems;
  • Replacing and improving magnetic door openers;
  • Replacing aging carpet;
  • Installing new, high efficiency lighting in the pool, auditorium, gym, and hall areas;
  • Completing the existing wash bay at the bus garage by painting and installing an automatic washing system;
  • Installing additional exhaust fans and modifying the HVAC system in parts of the building;
  • Adding a fence to separate the playground from the parking lot;
  • Widening the sidewalk leading to the secondary building entrance, and adding a sidewalk along the front of the pool;
  • Removing the drop ceiling from the locker room areas;
  • Improving climate control and insulation in the server room and server closets;
  • Renovating the HVAC system in the pool area and installing a pool cover;
  • Upgrading the fiber backbone on the district’s network;
  • And improving and expanding the district’s wireless network.
District leaders say the project will not only address the district’s maintenance needs, but will also positively affect academics.

“This project would continue to enhance a safer, more secure learning environment, and in turn, make it an even better place to learn,” Mackey said.

“The renovations to our agricultural and technology learning areas will improve the layout and function of the rooms, so students in the programs will learn in a modern and safer environment. The ventilation of the room will also be improved as well to allow for more comprehensive welding instruction.”

If voters approve the project, work would begin during the summer of 2016.

Please visit the Unadilla Valley website (http://www.uvstorm.org/CapitalProject.aspx) to learn more about the project.
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