In addition to searching for a new superintendent of schools this year, the Skaneateles Board of Education is working on two other big projects.
This spring, the board will vote on proposals to switch Waterman Elementary School to full-day kindergarten and a capital funds project for improvements to the high school and middle school buildings. The board heard the first of several reports on these two projects at its Jan. 22 meeting.
Part of the school district’s five-year plan it laid out in 2011 was to make improvements to some facilities that are either in need of repair or upgrade.
The board adopted a resolution at the meeting to approve the State Environmental Quality Review that it had done. The review stated that none of the proposed improvements would have a negative effect on the environment.
The board will discuss which of the improvements need to be done this year in coming meetings as well as holding a public forum and offering tours of the affected areas to all members of the community. It will vote to approve the project and bid for a bond to cover some of the cost at its March 19 meeting, interim superintendent Judy Pastel said.
The 2011 plan had projected the cost of the project to be $19.5 million, but that figure is irrelevant now, because it is two years old and the board has yet to decide which of the improvements to do, Pastel said.
Improvements needed include: asbestos removal, fixing leaky roofing, restoring leaking and cracked masonry and concrete, replacing the boiler and heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the high school, upgrading lighting and replacing damaged ceilings and floors.
The board will also consider projects that were not done or only partially done from past capital fund projects. These include adding a basement to the classroom wing added to the middle school in 2000, renovating the bus garage to become the new district office and adding a second story to the 2000 addition to State Street School.