BCSD awaits approval for renovations

In December 2008, voters in the Baldwinsville Central School District passed a $26 million capital project that will enable the district to continue with renovations in all of the district's school buildings.

Renovations include upgrades in heating, plumbing and the structural elements of buildings. This project will be paid for largely with state aid, both state building aid and state EXCEL aid, as well as with funds from the district's Capital Reserve. It is expected that there will be minimal impact on property taxes because of this project.

Phase 1 of the project was scheduled to begin this fall; however, as of mid-July, the district was still waiting for approval from the State Education Department. James Rodems, Baldwinsville's assistant superintendent for management services, said that once the district has SED approval, it will move forward with the bidding process for the construction.

Phase 1 includes replacing the current main entrance at Baker High School with a lobby addition and constructing restroom facilities combined with a new concession and storage facility at Pelcher/Arcaro Stadium.

According to Rodems, construction could begin as soon as late October or November. The district will keep residents up to date on the project through the district's monthly newsletter and through the district's website, bville.org.

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