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Advisory task force weighing facilities options

Feb. 24, 2017: A group of Fayetteville-Manlius School District residents, F-M Board of Education members and district staff members are deliberating which projects the board should consider for the district’s next capital project vote.

Comprised of nearly 40 members, the F-M Community Task Force has so far met twice to discuss how to balance the many facilities needs district wide with the desires of the F-M community and its students’ educational needs. The task force plans to meet at least two more times before making a recommendation to the board on April 3.

During the initial meetings, task force members participated in a walk-through of Wellwood Middle School and started discussing three possible renovation options for Wellwood, two for Enders Road Elementary School and one for Fayetteville-Manlius High School. These options were identified in the fall by educational consultants School Leadership, LLC as part of five overarching facility project options outlined in a K-12 Facilities Study Report.

Upon reviewing community input and evaluating the five possible options, the board at its Dec. 12 meeting winnowed down the options in determining that it will maintain community campuses in both Fayetteville and Manlius. Even though there have been rumors circulating in the community about project costs, school officials have only now introduced construction cost estimates for the task force to consider, said F-M Superintendent Dr. Craig J. Tice.

“Several options are still up for consideration,” Dr. Tice said. “The task force discussions initially focused on high-priority renovation options at Wellwood because they are the most critical and could be addressed in a timely manner,” Dr. Tice said.

The earliest a capital project proposal would go before voters is June. Any decision to design a “new” middle school building on Wellwood’s campus would require giving the architects and engineers more time to develop plans and could potentially impact the project’s timeline and delay the public vote date. The vote could also be pushed back if the task force in April requests more time to deliberate.

The next meeting of the task force will be 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in Wellwood’s cafeteria. The meetings, which are managed by an outside facilitator, are open to the public but do not include a public comment session.

The board is encouraging community feedback. To weigh in on the options presented by the facility consultants, or any facilities planning issue, visit the F-M Let’s Talk! webpage at www.fmschools.org/let’stalk.

 


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