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Skaneateles BOE to return to public with $2.5 million capital project proposal

Vote planned for December on new building improvements project pending board approval

The Skaneateles schools board of education is planning to propose a $2.5 million capital improvements project to the public this December.

The Skaneateles schools board of education is planning to propose a $2.5 million capital improvements project to the public this December. Photo by Joe Genco.

The Skaneateles board of education discussed proposing a $2.5 million capital project for building improvements at its Aug. 20 meeting.

The proposal will include items that were included in the $22.7 million proposal that was defeated by a public vote on June 11.

Board Vice President Thomas Lambdin gave a report summarizing the proposal that was formulated by the board’s facilities committee, consisting of Lambdin, Kathryn Carlson and Sue Murphy, who met with Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Business Dale Bates on Aug. 19.

The project will include five items, all addressing the middle school/high school building, from the June proposal that the committee believed will be supported by residents and are the most critical, Lambdin said.

“In light of further information that we’ve gotten from people and also assessment of the most urgent items, we did conclude that these five areas the most urgent,” he said.

The items they chose to include are: roof replacements (estimated to cost $1.7 million), masonry repairs ($500,000), commons window wall repair ($118,000), boiler room areaway drainage repair ($102,000) and safety and security replacements including replacing interior door locks, cameras and motion detectors ($94,000).

Interim Superintendent Judy Pastel said that the asbestos removal is still important, but was left off because it must be done after the repairs are done to stop water leakage in the building.

“No one feels that the lighting and the asbestos and the energy options that we looked at aren’t important, what’s solid about this is that there are very clear priorities and they make sense from a construction standpoint and also fiscally,” Pastel said.

The board hopes to officially approve the scope of the proposal at its Oct. 17 meeting and hold a public vote in Dec. 10, which will provide enough lead time for work to begin next summer.

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