Good day Keshequa Community,
In this last article in the series on the Capital Project, I’d like to share with you the areas that we will be addressing in the Phase II of the project. Some may wonder how and why the District is engaging in a Phase II, so first I will relate to you how we are able to proceed with more work above and beyond what was originally scheduled for the Capital Project.
As stated in the two previous articles, we will be hosting tours of the work done in both the Nunda and Dalton buildings. Tours are scheduled for Tuesday, May 11th. The first tours in both buildings will take place at 4:00 p.m. and the second tour will begin at 5:00 p.m. in each location. If you would like to participate in a tour, please contact Ms. Tammy Clark at 468-2900, ext 1105. Groups will be limited to 15 people. All individuals must wear a mask at all times regardless of whether they have been fully vaccinated or not. Gators are not allowed. Should the District need to schedule more tours because of interest, it will do so and post additional dates and times on the District website. Please also note that the District will be posting to the website a virtual tour of the Capital Project improvements within the next few days if you would like to view the improvements in that format.
When we first went out to bid in the winter of 2019 we were advised by our architects to bid our project when work for contractors was limited. If we timed it correctly we believed we would be able to get more competitive bids for the work to be done. As it turned out we timed our process very well and bids came in under what we even anticipated they might be. This left the District with extra funds.
With the extra funds we determined to work with our architects, construction management firm, and our financial firm to submit a Phase II design to the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Since we had the voters' approval to spend a maximum of $13,690,000 we felt it was in the best interest of the community to spend the extra funds now on needed improvements.
Now to the areas that we will address in this next part of the project. Our rooftop air handling units are more than twenty years old and have begun to show signs of their age. We have created a staggered replacement plan for all of these units. These units control the flow of air to our students within the school. We will replace seven of them this summer and the other units will be replaced in the next capital projects in the upcoming years.
At our Dalton property we have a drainage problem that has become a safety issue. We have cordoned off the area out behind the track in the wooded area for safety reasons and over the summer we will have a contractor come in from below the ridge, attack and fix the problem.
The third priority area that will be addressed is the Nurse’s office in Dalton. We will completely renovate it to include a shower and new bathroom along with reorganizing the area to better serve our students.
Also with the three priority areas mentioned above, we have several alternates should bids come in competitively. These alternates will be accepted if there are funds available after priority work is completed. These alternates are: resurfacing the tennis courts as they are used extensively for physical education classes and during recess, converting all outside lighting to LED lights, and erecting a safety net at the front of the soccer field facing the road at the Rymer Complex so it will eliminate soccer balls going into the parking lot or into the road during practices and games.
Once again, If you would like to participate in a tour, please contact Ms. Tammy Clark at 468-2900, ext 1105.