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F-M Transportation Department to temporarily move to Route 5

— The Fayetteville-Manlius School District’s Transportation Department in April will temporarily move to the O’Brien & Gere facility on Route 5 in Fayetteville.

The move will allow for the voter approved demolition and reconstruction of the district’s nearly 60-year-old bus garage at its current location on W. Franklin Street and renovations to the Transportation Office Building that is adjacent to the garage. The existing bus garage has a number of structural and safety issues, including deteriorating vehicle maintenance pits, aging concrete structures, and no hydraulic lifts. F-M is the only Onondaga County school district that does not use hydraulic lifts in its bus garage.

Renovations at the 30-year-old Transportation Office Building include replacing asbestos tile flooring, making the bathrooms compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, and upgrading the heating and ventilation system.

The F-M Board of Education approved the Board’s Facilities Committee relocation recommendation at its Jan. 9 meeting.

“After an exhaustive search, we have concluded that this is the best option,” said Superintendent Corliss Kaiser. “We understand that there will likely be some concerns about traffic, and we plan to work closely with the town of Manlius Police Department to come up with a plan to aid in any potential congestion the buses may cause. We hope the relocation has minimal impact on the surrounding community and will work to make the experience as smooth as possible, for our students, our staff, and our neighbors.”

The relocation will take place in mid-April, and the new bus garage and renovated Transportation Office Building are expected to be complete in October. From mid-June to September there will be minimal traffic in and out of the facility as there are only about 10 bus runs each weekday during that timeframe.

Students and their parents should see no impact on bus schedules or routes during the relocation.

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