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Renovation Work Continues at UV; Classes to Resume Next Week as Scheduled
With the start of school just around the corner, renovation work at Unadilla Valley is in high gear.

Because so many school districts around the state are doing renovations this summer, many districts will be finishing aspects of these projects after the start of the school year next week. In addition, funding for projects being completed through the Smart Schools Bond Act was only recently released by the state.

Unadilla Valley is in a similar situation. Although some work will remain once classes begin, students and staff will be in a safe environment. Because learning is a top priority at UV, there will be no disruptions to class time.

The Smart Schools Bond Act portion of the project requires access to the space above hallway ceilings for wiring purposes, the new ceiling will be enclosed later this fall.

“There has been a great deal of progress made in the last week and we expect that to continue through this week,” Superintendent Robert Mackey said. “We will open for students at our regular time next Wednesday morning. The project was originally slated to be completed sometime in December, which means we are still on target. We thank everyone for their patience as the work is completed.”

The $12.8 million project was approved by voters in May 2015. The project is being funded through a combination of building aid from New York State, EXCEL aid, the district’s capital reserve fund, and the funding from the Smart Schools Bond Act. There is no increase to school taxes in association with the project.

One of the key aspects of the project are newly renovated learning spaces for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) that will help provide students with an environment that will boost learning potential, according to Mackey.

Window replacements and storage buildings for the bus garage were completed as part of Phase 1 during the last school year.

The Phase 2 work, which has either already been finished or in its final stages, includes:
The phase includes the following:
• STEAM renovations and greenhouse additions
• Pool Restoration
• Pool LED lighting upgrades
• Dehumidification/heating/ventilation upgrades
• Pool cover installation
• HVAC upgrades to multiple areas, including classrooms, office areas, health suite, elementary gym, locker rooms and fitness areas
• Exhaust upgrades in kitchen areas
• Building-wide public announcement system upgrades
• Elementary and auditorium LED gym lighting upgrades
• Carpet/flooring replacements in some classrooms, libraries, auditorium, music and office areas
• Installation of additional windows and doors not covered by Phase 1
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