CANAJOHARIE – On Tuesday, Dec. 7, residents in the Canajoharie Central School District approved the district’s $5.7 million capital project referendum by a vote of 96 to 29.
The project will have a zero percent impact on the tax levy for Canajoharie Central School District residents. It will address necessary infrastructure needs and create outdoor learning spaces at the East Hill/Middle School Complex.
“I would like to thank the community for supporting our district yet again. It is great to know that the community understands that the school district is the epicenter. The facilities not only give our students a great education and experience but a place the community members can use and be proud of,” Superintendent Dr. Nick Fitzgerald said. “The much-needed maintenance improvements and additional items will ensure that our buildings and facilities are safe and able to be available for everyone in the years to come.”
Many repairs and upgrades will occur in the district starting in 2022. Among the plans outlined in the Capital Project are:
- Replacing the windows in the sixth-grade wing of the Middle School
- Replacing the aging roof at the Nellis Gym and replacing the ceilings in the locker room area.
- Replacing the pool sand filter.
- Roof repairs for the High School cafeteria roof, where water damage has been seen.
- Reconstructing the traffic circle in front of the High School.
- New parking lot near the softball/soccer fields
- Transportation Facility maintenance upgrades
The district will also create an outdoor learning space outside of the Nellis Gym. This plan will add seating for a classroom, a four-square or pickleball area, and a section for wall ball.
State law requires that the district only use capital reserve funds for construction projects. It can only spend the money with voter approval. The residents previously approved the creation of a capital reserve fund to offset costs for projects. The Board of Education allocated the reserve funds to ensure no tax impact for the project.
To learn more about the proposal, go to: https://www.canajoharieschools.org/capital-project/