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School seeks appropriate illumination

The Cazenovia School District has been preparing a capital plan to address structural improvements as well as additions at all three schools, the bus garage and the Fenner complex. The estimated pre-aid project cost will be $13 million. Assistant Superintendent Bill Furlong said about 95 percent is eligible for state aid, which would cover about two thirds. The entire project will cost taxpayers over $4 million, which would equate to a 3 percent tax hike.

The project includes the removal of asbestos, replacing gym floors and dangerous concrete cornices. It also includes an artificial turf multi-use field with appropriate illumination to allow night games.

The proposed capital project was broken into three categories, health and safety, infrastructure, and multi-use areas. The Thomas Group, the architectural firm used to help determine the specific areas of concern, originally adopted a list that would cost about $35 million. The project was pared down to a little more than one third of the original estimate.

[Health and safety]

In the area of health and safety, asbestos removal from the high school hallways, the middle school bathrooms and the Burton Street windows is of utmost concern. There are also deteriorating overhead high school cornices that are hazardous. There is carpet in all the buildings that needs to be replaced due to foot traffic. There are accessibility issues that need to be addressed in the bathrooms at Burton Street and the middle school. Also, fire alarm systems and security cameras need to be updated.

[Infrastructure]

Regarding infrastructure, the 20-year old high school roof needs to be replaced. Overall plumbing needs improvements, as well as the gyms and bleachers. Burton Street needs new electric panels and cabinetry work done. And the exhaust system in the bus garage needs attention.

[Multi-use areas]

After the re-flooring of gyms, and an addition of three more ball fields at the Fenner complex, perhaps the grandest improvement will be to the current football field. Since state aid will not cover such a project elsewhere in the district, because of an already existing field, the Buckley-Volo Field will have a makeover to accommodate football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball practice and a limited schedule of night games. The entire package of artificial turf for the multi-use field, the resurfacing of the all-weather track, appropriate illumination and extra seating, represents 10 percent of the overall cost of the capital project.

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