As superintendent of schools, it is my responsibility to ensure that our facilities and grounds are in optimal condition so we can continue to meet the needs of our students. On behalf of the board of education, I am writing to you to share information related to the facility needs of our district.
Most (if not all) of the work was identified in a state-required building condition survey done in 2015 that involved an extensive and independent inspection of all district buildings. The survey identified infrastructural elements that are at or near the end of their useful lives. The proposed capital project is expected to include a new transportation center, roof work, masonry repairs, upgrades to electrical and plumbing systems and energy efficiency upgrades, as well as enhancements and improvements to classrooms and other instructional spaces. Our baseball and softball fields need better drainage, safety fencing and dugouts, and the running track requires resurfacing to ensure it is safe for our students and athletes to conduct their events.
On Nov. 29, between the hours of noon and 9 p.m., our polls will open for your consideration of a capital improvement project. By accessing New York State aid and our district’s capital reserve fund, we are proposing a project in the amount of $42 million that will address many key areas that require our attention without impacting the taxpayers. Through careful fiscal planning, we are able to propose this project to you without increasing the tax levy. State aid will pay for 98 percent of the cost, and money set aside in the district’s capital reserve fund will cover the balance.
On behalf of the board of education, I invite you to a special meeting that will be held Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the board of education room in the high school. I will offer a brief overview of the proposed project and I will answer your questions. I recognize that not every community member may be able to attend this meeting, and I welcome your calls and will also set up appointments to show you key areas that our proposed project will address.
My phone number is 315-564-8100, ext. 8.
Christopher Staats, Superintendent
928 Cayuga Street
Hannibal, NY 13074
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