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UV voters approve building project
Voters in the Unadilla Valley Central School District approved a $10 million building project Thursday night by a vote of 102 to 46.

The project will involve a roof replacement over portions of the building, masonry restoration, HVAC upgrades, paving and sidewalk replacement and athletic field improvements. Many components of the project are related to increasing energy efficiency at the school building and ensuring the school’s facilities remain a modern, comfortable and safe place in which to learn and work.

The bulk of the project will be funded by state aid, along with a distribution of up to $1.8 million from the district’s Capital Reserve Fund. There is no anticipated impact on the school’s tax levy. The work is tentatively slated to begin in spring 2020. The next step in the process is to finalize the plans and submit them to the New York State Education Department for approval.

“We would like to thank all of the district voters who turned out tonight. We would also like to thank those district residents who gave us feedback and asked questions about both this project, as well as the district’s buildings and grounds maintenance in general,” Superintendent Robert Mackey said. “We are proud of our school community and school facilities and take our responsibility as stewards of both very seriously.”

The vote was scheduled for December because it can take more than a year for the New York State Education Department to approve building projects after they are passed by voters. In addition, the bidding process can be lengthy. Putting the project out for vote now, when the designs and plans are established according to current cost estimates, will also help keep the project under budget and less susceptible to inflationary pressures. 

Much of the work will involve upgrades that were not covered under a $12.8 million project voters approved in May 2015. Final work on that project concluded in fall 2017. 

The current school building was finished in 2002 and as many components, features and materials begin to reach the end of their warranties, wear out or show signs of age, the district is taking a multi-stage approach to ensure the building is positioned to serve as a safe and efficient place to learn and work well into the future.  

The scope of the project passed by voters Thursday includes:
• Continue replacing heating and ventilation that wasn’t completed in our most recent project (approximately 1/3 of the remaining classrooms, as well as the cafeteria, library, main gym, & auditorium)
• The remaining doors (fire towers) that weren’t completed in our most recent project
• Beginning our roof replacement with the roof over the pool
• Beginning our long term maintenance of the exterior brick and mortar of the building (cleaning and repointing)
• Replacing the south parking lot as it is in the worst shape
• An electronic sign in front of the school
• Continuing to upgrade to LED lighting in more areas of the building and on the football field
• Upgrading the stage and theater type lighting in the auditorium to LED
• Upgrading the auditorium sound system and microphones
• Replacing all drinking fountains, including water bottle fillers in a few key locations
• Repairing and replace the drainage for the football field and the track
• Painting and lining of the track along with some field event relocations (shot put, discus, pole vault, and add steeplechase)
• Re-sodding the football field after the drainage is fixed (all natural grass)
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