J-E Capital Project plans pushed back

The Jordan-Elbridge Central School District has changed the target date for the capital project referendum from March 2008 to June 10, 2008.

"The date change is due to the need to work out some details on the purchase of some property across the road from the HS drainage basement," Marilyn Dominick, Superintendent of Schools said via e-mail. "This is proceeding, but could not be accomplished in time for a March vote."

Dominick also stated that after meeting with the NY State Education Department Facilities Planning Department, the district will not be allowed to perform all the proposed work at once. The state is suggesting a timeline with more space between major projects; it is now anticipated that work will begin in 2009 and end in 2015.

The project would incur a total cost of $25-$30 million. The district has said the tax impact will be minimal through the use of Excel aid, traditional building aid, and reserves for existing debt service and building capital.

The project size is the result of a comprehensive assessment of facilities on all three campuses, with an eye on safety, instruction local area economic development in both the near- and long-term.

A significant amount of the improvements are planned for the High School. This would include relocating offices, improving signage and landscaping, replacing auditorium seats and stage curtains, and a new technology/engineering curriculum. Space would be added for special education, physical fitness, and stage storage. Traffic flow would be reconfigured to the front of the building for safety and efficient use of space.

The plan would address water treatment by installing a new underground septic system, removing the existing aboveground waste water treatment plant, and fixing the water drainage problem at the southeast corner of the property.

A major facelift is planned for the existing technology rooms with a high-tech state-of-the-art multipurpose instructional space. An athletic complex, which would provide a new stadium, grandstand, track surface, parking, and building to house concession, locker rooms, restrooms and storage is also included in the plan.

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