School board to ask voter approval for $7.4 million capital project

— The Cazenovia Central School District will present a referendum to district voters this December seeking permission to bond for a more than $7 million capital project to make necessary infrastructure repairs in all three district school buildings.

The work, which would be for items such as roofing, windows, floors, new boilers, water pipes and lighting, would be a bonded debt. However, there will be no additional tax impacts to district residents because by the time the capital project debt payments would begin in fiscal year 2015-16, the district will have just completed paying back a previous debt of the same principle and interest payments, said Assistant Superintendent Bill Furlong.

“The timing couldn’t be better,” Furlong said. “All of these items [needing repair and replacement] are at the end of their useful life.”

The report on the district’s proposed capital building project was presented to the board of education at its Oct. 1 meeting. Furlong detailed the scope of the project, which will encompass work at all three district buildings.

At Burton Street Elementary School, the district intends to repair or replace items in electrical, safety and exterior areas of the building: Replace the lighting in all common areas (hallways, cafeteria/gym, restrooms, etc.); upgrade the power panels; replace the clock system; remove the partition in the gym; enclose the art room kiln; add eye wash safety stations; resurface the playground with engineered wood chips; replace parts of the building roof; replace the exterior doors; and replace the hot water system.

At the Emory Avenue Middle and High School building, where “the lion’s share of the work” will be, Furlong said the district wants to replace all the high school carpeting, windows in both the high school and the middle school, the roof at the middle school and parts of the high school, the exterior doors, the boiler and heating system for both buildings, the pipes for both buildings, the heat pumps for both buildings and the building water main. The district also wants to upgrade the fire system and electrical system; upgrade the clock system; repave the bus circle and parking lot and remake the west high school entrance.

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