Unadilla Valley CSD voters on Wednesday approved a $17.8 million capital project by a vote of 114 to 18.

The “Our School, Our Community” project is intended to help shore up the district’s facilities for years to come. The renovations and improvements will be funded through state aid and an allocation from the district’s reserve funds. The project is expected to be budget neutral, with no anticipated impact on the tax levy.

About half of the cost of the proposed project will be devoted to roof and HVAC work that will complete a staged, building-wide overhaul that began in 2015. A modernized roof and HVAC system will ensure the school building is safe, comfortable and energy efficient for many years to come.

In addition to brick and mortar work on the school building, the project is also designed to enhance the school community’s experience on the district’s playgrounds and playing field amenities.

A new generator will provide a substantial boost to the district’s emergency electricity capacity and would position the school as an emergency shelter for area residents, while allowing the district to continue educating students during power outages.

Public restrooms to replace portable toilets; team rooms; and a concession building are intended to help create a better student-athlete and community experience at our athletics facilities. New wayfinding signage is intended to make navigating our campus easier. The proposed project was guided by the UV Facilities Committee, which consists of school administrators, faculty and staff, the Board of Education and community members. The Committee has met regularly this year with architects to match the scope of the project with the district’s needs.

The timing of the vote in December will allow the project to move forward to the design phase, New York State Education Department review and competitive bidding process early next year.

The Unadilla Valley school building opened its doors during the 2002-03 school year and after a merger of the former New Berlin and South New Berlin school districts in 1996.

Capital Project: Overview of Individual Items Included in the Scope

The proposed scope of the project includes:

Public restrooms, team rooms and a concession building for the athletic fields

New plumbing and fixtures in locker rooms

Renovations of the main Secondary gym

Replacing an existing generator to increase capacity

Installing single stall restrooms

HVAC upgrades

Roof repairs in areas not covered under previous projects

Cafeteria equipment upgrades

Blue gym renovations

Playground replacements

Wayfinding signage in driveways and parking lots

Bus garage upgrades