Skaneateles CSD puts facility project bond to public vote Dec. 10

Board to hold public hearing on $2.8 million proposal Dec. 2

Skaneateles voters will be called on once again this month to approve a major community expenditure.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Waterman school where the Skaneateles Central School District will hold a public vote on a capital project proposal.

The project, estimated to cost $2.8 million, will consist of five facility maintenance projects for the middle school/high school building.

The board of education will hold a final public hearing on the project at its next meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. More information can be found on the district’s website here and here.

About 60 percent of the cost of the project will be paid for by state aid and the rest will be covered by a bond to be paid back by local taxpayers over a 15-year period, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Dale Bates said at an October meeting.

The estimated impact of the debt service on the tax levy will be $0.076 per $1,000 per assessed value, which is an additional $20.90 on the tax bill for a house valued at $275,000.

The five projects included in the bond are:

-- $1,714,324 for roof replacements. Several portions of the flat roof above the middle school and high school are overdue to be replaced and are a liability due to the potential for water damage. The district has already paid for its architects to draw up plans for the roof replacements so that the work may begin in 2014, as soon as school is done for the summer.

--$549,533 for masonry restoration. The bricks and masonry on the exterior of the building are deteriorated in places and needs to be restored to prevent water from entering the building.

--$117,757 for window repairs. Numerous windows need to be resealed or repaired to prevent water from leaking in. This includes the window wall in the commons area connecting the two schools.

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