Voters approved a $5 million capital improvement project for the Canajoharie Central School District, by a vote of 135-58, on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
The $4,986,750 project includes renovations to all district buildings. The most notable changes include more secure entrances at each school and moving the middle school main office so that it is adjacent to the main entrance. Work will also include heating/cooling, lighting, and other infrastructure updates.
The project is the first phase of a multi-phase district facilities improvement plan.
“We are grateful to our community for their support and we are looking forward to sharing our progress with the community,” Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw said. “With these improvements we will be better able to continue to make every student that comes through our doors a lifelong learner that is ready for the world.”
Roughly 83 percent of the project’s costs will be covered by state and current district funds. To help with the remaining estimated $923,000, voters also approved the creation of a new capital reserve fund for the district (140-53).
The new fund will begin with just over $50,000 and the Board of Education plans to add an additional $750,000 from the existing fund balance to help offset costs of the project.
With the approvals, the estimated annual cost per district homeowner will be roughly $2.25 per $100,000 of assessed property value.
“We want to provide the best environment for students, but we also want to accomplish that in a cost-effective way,” Grimshaw said.
The renovations will be overseen by the SEI Design group in Albany. The project now moves into a design, State Education Department review, and bidding process that will take place throughout 2018 and into 2019. School officials plan to give monthly updates on the project’s progress via the district’s website.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2019.
Details about the scope of the work can be found on the district’s website, www.canajoharieschools.org.