The Road to 2020: Capital Improvement Project
On Thursday, December 1, 2016, Gananda Central School District residents had the opportunity to vote on a proposed $15,100,000 capital improvement project entitled The Road to 2020. The vote, held at Ruben A. Cirillo High School from 12-9 pm, was approved by our voters 174 to 50. The project is designed to address a variety of needs within the district and provide improvements to our facilities in an effort to:
- Bring Learning Into the 21st Century
- Showcase Blue Panther Pride and Increase Access to Facilities
- Enhance Safety and Security
Details of the project are included below:
The Road to 2020 Project Details:
Bring Learning Into the 21st Century:
- Re-design Richard Mann Elementary 2-5 Wing - In an effort to increase academic success in the 21st Century we need to provide experiences customized to our students' learning needs, interests, and aspirations. Our current classrooms are not conducive for personalized learning and we want to instill a lifelong appreciation of learning. The proposed improvements include: incorporating flexible space, adding WiFi to every classroom, increasing power, and network capabilities, and maximizing a personalized learning environment.
- Modify Technology and Art Rooms in Ruben A. Cirillo High School - We offer our students participation in a program entitled Project Lead The Way. The program provides empowerment to solve real-world challenges by utilizing hands-on learning in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. The Proposed improvements would better accommodate this program and provide enrichment opportunities for all students.
Showcase Blue Panther Pride and Increase Access to Facilities:
- Improve Varsity Fields: Our varsity fields have drainage issues and flood regularly in the spring season. Due to flooding and the field rest needed for regrowth, the amount of usage for our teams is limited. Proposed improvements include adding artificial turf to the lacrosse/soccer field, adding drainage to the softball field, and resurfacing the track.
- Upgrade Locker Rooms: Built in the 1970s, the Middle School locker rooms have not seen a major renovation since the 1980s. Although more recently added, the pool locker rooms at Richard Mann Elementary are also in need of upgrades to accommodate our students' needs. The proposed improvements would upgrade both locker rooms to increase usability and privacy for our students.
Safety and Security Enhancements:
- Enhance All Building Entrances: The safety of our students is of the utmost importance, and while we have current measures in place to ensure our students' safety, we would like to add an additional layer of protection. Today's world is ever-changing and concern for safety should not be in the minds of our students or parents.
- Replace District Phone System: The phone system in the district is configured in such a way that when the district loses power, we also lose our phones. Back-up measures are in place, however, this situation should be addressed to better prepare us in emergency situations.
- Preservation of Facilities: Preservation of our buildings ensures our students have a safe and comfortable atmosphere to maximize learning. The proposed improvements include replacing sections of the Middle School roof that were not replaced in 2008, and treat exterior walls on all school buildings to reduce water infiltration.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Why is Gananda Central School District (GCSD) proposing a capital project?
In the fall of 2015, GCSD administrators and the District's architectural firm, SEI Design Group, completed a state mandated Building and Condition Survey. This professional assessment of every building, required by the New York State Education Department every five years, analyzed areas within our buildings that should be addressed and/or corrected within the next five year period. The list of items was prioritized and identified based on the District's goals to: Uphold the health, safety, and welfare of all students; maintain excellence in education program quality; and maximize building utilization.
2. Who was involved in the development of the capital improvement project?
An advisory committee comprised of teachers, students, parents and administration was formed in April 2016. The committee held open meetings between April and August.
3. What are the estimated project costs and tax impacts?
The total estimated cost of this project is $15,100,000. New York State will contribute approximately 89% of the project cost and the district will utilize $600,000 from the capital reserve fund and a $1,190,698 reimbursement from a previous project. As a result, the project will not increase the property tax rate.
4. When does the project start?
With the approval by voters on December 1, 2016, the district plans to begin construction in the Spring of 2018. The anticipated completion would be in 2019. The project timeline would be similar to the following:
Spring 2018 - Approximate bidding of project
Spring 2018 - Construction begins
Winter 2019 - Project Completion
5. When was the Vote?
The vote was held on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from noon until 9pm at Ruben A. Cirillo High School.
6. How do I get an Absentee Ballot?
Absentee Ballots are no longer provided for this project as the vote occurred on December 1, 2016. For future reference, requests and applications for an Absentee Ballot may be obtained by contacting the District Clerk, Leslie Ferrante. The District Clerk may be contacted by email at Lferrante@gananda.org, in person at 1500 Dayspring Ridge, or via phone at: (315) 986-3521 ext. 4313.
7. Who should I contact with questions regarding the Capital Improvement Project?
Contact the district Superintendent, Dr. Van Scoy, directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 986-3521 ext. 4313.