1. Why is Gananda Central School District (GCSD) undergoing 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. The $15,100,000 capital improvement project entitled The Road to 2020 was presented to the community and put up for vote. On December 1, 2016, our voters approved the project by 174 to 50.
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?
Construction is set to begin in the Spring of 2018. The anticipated completion would be in 2019. A complete timeline is available on the construction timeline webpage
5. Will my child(ren) be affected by construction?
The safety of our students and staff was top priority in making decisions about the construction phases. While we try to limit the impact of construction as much as possible, there will be some classrooms displaced as we work to increase academic success and bring learning into the 21st century. We will temporarily relocate classrooms to different locations within the building as construction updates are completed.
6. Will construction affect arrival and dismissal times?
No, arrival and dismissal times will not be impacted during the construction phases. Any work that would potentially impact access to the building will be completed over the summer months when school is not in session.
7. Will I be able to access the playground or fields during construction?
The playground will still be accessible during construction. The track and lacrosse/ soccer field will be unavailable during phase one of construction which includes April 2018 through August 2018.
8. When was the Vote?
The vote was held on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from noon until 9pm at Ruben A. Cirillo High School.
9. 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.
10. 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.