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Liverpool super gives State of the District address

— “Our educational staff can hold their heads very high in terms of what they have developed and the obvious implications it contains for student accomplishment,” Johns said.

Facilities

Second to educational efforts, Johns said, are the condition of the district’s facilities. In the second part of his address, the superintendent spoke to Liverpool’s capital projects, which he said are “the envy of most districts.”

“While our buildings are 30 to 60 years old, they have all been well-maintained and periodically provided resources by our community to keep them contemporary and highly functional,” he said.

Among the projects highlighted in the address were the nearly completed renovations at Liverpool Elementary and Liverpool Middle schools. The district is now undertaking a renovation at the ECC complex, which houses all of the information technology receiving and reimaging, district receiving and food service inventory storage. After the remodel, the ECC will house the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES print shop. According to Johns, the move will save taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Other capital projects include roof work, heating systems, security systems, driveways and parking lots and other “smaller ticket” items district-wide that urgently need attention. Those projects were funded through a bond issue, approved by the voters last April. Johns said the repairs won’t generate any new taxes.

Despite the moves the district has made to improve its facilities, Johns said there are more upgrades that need to be done.

“We have not put the same resources into the exteriors of some of our buildings that we have the interior,” he said. “The 2010-20 facility plan has yet to be developed… The completion of this plan is a high priority for the district.”

Audit

Another glowing mark for the district came with this year’s external audit, conducted by Ciaschi, Ditershagen, Little, Mickelson and Company LLP. Johns said the audit came back “unqualified and without auditor’s notations.” The district’s performance was high enough to warrant two bond rating enhancements.

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