A sketch for a proposed new middle school gym. The building would be 14,592 square feet and would include a bigger court, bleachers, new public bathrooms and redesigned locker rooms. The current gym is sinking into the ground and must be repaired or replaced.
The Skaneateles Board of Education was presented with a long list of items that could be included with its upcoming capital funds renovation project, and it now it must decide what the scope of that project will be.
The board met with the project architect Michael Harris of Bernier, Carr and Associates at its March 5 meeting. Harris presented a list of possible renovation projects, with the estimated cost for each, as well as schematics and photos addressing different parts of the project.
The board will hold a work session to further discuss what aspects of the project it intends to include at 7 p.m. on March 12 and will vote at its March 19 meeting on the project and the final amount that will be put out for a bond. The board will then hold public hearings and provide information to the public before the bond goes to a public vote sometime on June, said interim superintendent Judy Pastel.
The public is welcome to attend the March 12 meeting to learn more about the project, however public comments are not taken at work sessions.
The estimated cost of the project if the board includes everything in Harris’ report would be $22.9 million, however the board will likely not include everything proposed and much of the cost will be covered by state aid, Pastel said.
Of the total cost for the project, the board anticipates that 95 percent of the cost will qualify for state aid and it expects to receive 62.9 percent of the aid-able expenses to be covered by the state. The project will also be split into five phases over the next five or more years so not everything will be paid for at once, and the remaining balance of the bond to cover the project will be paid for over a longer period to limit the burden on tax payers, Pastel said.