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Capital Project vote is on May 16, 2017, along with the school budget

 
 
COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS:

Weds., April 5, 2017

  • at 7pm in the HS auditorium

Tues., April 25, 2017

  • at 6:30pm in the
    HS auditorium

Mon., May 8, 2017

  • at 6pm in the
    HS auditorium

 
 
CAPITAL PROJECT NEWS ARCHIVES:

 

 

JULY 17, 2018

Phase 1 reconstruction and alterations underway at each school building

four construction workers in hard hats installing new ceiling at interior entrance of high school

Workers install a new drop ceiling and lighting on the first floor of the High School on July 17, 2018.

Although classes are out for the summer, each of Glens Falls' school buildings is abuzz with activity in July and August. Renovations and repairs are underway as part of the district's current capital project, approved by voters in May of 2017. The $17.5 million project focuses on a variety of structural, infrastructure, and parking improvements. Major items include boiler and/or roof replacements at every building, improvements to drop-off and pick-up points at Jackson Heights and Kensington Road elementary schools, gym floor replacements at Big Cross elementary and the High School, and a 21st Century Learning Environment for students in the High School.

The project has been divided into two phases, with the bulk of repairs and equipment replacements happening in the summer of 2018. The summer of 2019 will bring gym floor replacements, and construction of the elementary drop-off areas and the High School's 21st Century space.

Specific items included in the Phase 1 work (summer of 2018) include:

  • High School: Demolition of the third floor science classrooms (which will become the 21st Century Learning Space) and asbestos abatement therein; Roof replacement over the pool; Asbestos abatement in various areas of flooring tile; Ceiling replacement on the 1st and 2nd floors to include drop ceilings and new lighting.
  • Middle School: Roof replacement over the gym; Ceiling replacement on the 1st and 2nd floors to include drop ceilings and new lighting.
  • Big Cross Elementary: Replacement of three windows; Asbestos abatement in various areas of flooring tile.
  • Jackson Heights Elementary: Asbestos abatement in crawl space
  • Kensington Road Elementary: Replacement of front doors; Replacement of cafeteria doors; Roof replacement over the gym.
  • Sanford Street School: Roof replacement and asbestos abatement
  • All buildings: Installation of safety glass film on windows

 

MAY 16, 2017

Renovations and repairs proposal approved; Field lights rejected

In today's school budget and proposition vote, residents approved the capital project for renovations and repairs (Proposition #2) by a margin of 1,122 in favor and 259 opposed. This $17.5 million project will focus on a variety of structural, infrastructure, and parking improvements. Major items include boiler and/or roof replacements at every building, improvements to drop-off and pick-up points at Jackson Heights and Kensington Road elementary schools, gym floor replacements at Big Cross elementary and the High School, and a 21st Century Learning Environment for students in the High School. The district is committing $1,825,000 of existing fund balance so that there will be no additional local tax impact, above 2017-18 levels, to fund this specific capital project.

On the proposal to install glare-controlled, energy-efficient LED lighting on the High School’s turf field (Proposition #3), voters disagreed with 549 “yes” votes to 833 “no” votes.

“It was great to see such high turnout for this vote,” said Superintendent Paul Jenkins. “Topping 1,300 voters is a record for our district. The community’s support for our schools is essential to the success of our students.”

“Clearly the community was not in favor of the lights. But they overwhelmingly supported the budget, as well as the renovations and repairs that the district’s buildings need.”

Archived 2017-18 budget development materials can be found HERE.

 

CAPITAL PROJECT PROPOSAL VIDEO

2017 Capital Project Proposal from Glens Falls City Schools on Vimeo.

 

APRIL 5, 2017

Capital project details outlined in community meetings

Superintendent Paul Jenkins discussed the specifics of a capital project with about two dozen community members last night, at the first of three public forums on the proposal.

A leaky roof that drips into a cafeteria, buckling gym floors, and 49-year old boilers would all be replaced—along with other renovations and repairs at each of Glens Falls’ schools—if residents approve a proposed capital project when they vote on May 16. State aid covers 75 percent of the proposed $18.3 million renovation project, which includes a separate proposal to install lighting on Putt LaMay Field.

Meeting participants watched a [ VIDEO ] on the major renovations planned, and Mr. Jenkins took questions on [ PRESENTATION SLIDES ] that further explained the project's scope.

Two additional community presentations are scheduled: April 25 at 6pm, and May 8 at 6pm, both at the district office (15 Quade Street).

 

APRIL 3, 2017

What's actually on the ballot?

The 2017 Capital Project Proposal is divided into TWO separate ballot items. The first item covers $17.55 million-worth of renovations and repairs at all district buildings. A separate item covers lighting on the High School's turf field only.

Proposition 2 (the main project) must pass in order to move forward with field lighting, in the event that Proposition 3 passes. In other words, if Proposition 2 fails, Proposition 3 cannot even be considered, even if it were to pass.

Below is the actual wording on the May 16th ballot.

PROPOSITION 2: CAPITAL PROJECT

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Glens Falls City School District, Warren County, New York, is hereby authorized to engage in reconstruction and alterations to the School District’s High School Building, Middle School Building, Kensington Road Elementary School Building, Jackson Heights Elementary School Building, Sanford Street Elementary School Building, Big Cross Elementary School Building, Bus Garage, and the Administration Building, and to acquire original furnishings, equipment or apparatus required for the purpose for which the School District buildings are intended to be used in said School District at a total cost not to exceed $17,550,000 and that the sum of $17,550,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be raised by the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of said School District and collected in annual installments as provided by Section 416 of the Education Law, and, in anticipation of such tax, obligations of said School District shall be issued.

PROPOSITION 3: LIGHTING for the athletic field

RESOLVED, that if Proposition #2 above is approved by the qualified voters of the School District, the Board of Education of the Glens Falls City School District, Warren County, New York is hereby authorized to construct lighting additions to the athletic field adjacent to the High School, and related site work, and to acquire original equipment or apparatus required for the purpose for which the site is intended to be used in said School District at a total cost not to exceed $691,200 and that the sum of $691,200 or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be raised by the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of said School District and collected in annual installments as provided by Section 416 of the Education Law, and, in anticipation of such tax, obligations of said School District shall be issued.