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Voters approve $10.5 million capital project proposal

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On March 12, Fayetteville-Manlius School District residents approved a $10.5 million facilities project proposal that includes work at four school buildings and the high school athletic stadium.

The proposal passed with 727 voters approving it and 194 voting against it.

“We appreciate everyone who took the time out of their busy schedule to come out and vote,” said Superintendent Corliss Kaiser. “These types of projects are critical to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff – and our community – to engage. We are pleased that we will be able to complete these projects without placing any new tax burden on our district residents.”

The projects will require no new tax dollars. State building aid will pay for 79.4 percent of the costs, and the remainder will come from the district’s capital reserve fund.

“We recognize that many of our residents are struggling in these tough economic times. However, as stewards of the district’s facilities, the Board of Education felt it was critical to bring these projects to the community’s attention, especially since the proposal creates no new tax burden,” F-M Board of Education President Marissa Joy Mims said. “We are very concerned about the roof sections that will no longer be covered by warranties, especially those areas that have already experienced water leaks.”

Design work is expected to take place through July 2013 and plans will then be sent to the state Department of Education for approval. The district hopes to begin construction on the individual projects in June 2014 with a completion date of September 2015.

2013 Facilities Project Proposal

Roofing: $5,187,000

Eagle Hill Middle School: 84,200 square feet – $1,660,000;

Enders Road: 11,983 square feet – $192,000;

F-M High School: 132,000 square feet – $2,530,000; and

Mott Road Elementary School: 50,530 square feet – $805,000.

In 2013, the warranties expire on each section of roof slated to be replaced. Some of the areas are already experiencing water leaks. Rubber roofing will be used instead of the existing tar and stone material on the building roofs. Very few companies still use the tar and stone roofing material currently on F-M’s buildings because it is more expensive than rubber roofing. Working with hot tar materials is hazardous, and it is time consuming to install. It is also harder to find leaks when they occur.

Mott Road Heating System: $2,100,000

The building’s steam heating system will be replaced with a more efficient hot water system that will ultimately lower the district’s utility bills. Because the current system is antiquated, the district has a difficult time locating replacement parts to purchase when a repair is necessary. The 45-year-old steam boilers will also be replaced with hot water boilers. New ventilators will be installed throughout the building to circulate air. Compared to the existing units, they will increase the airflow and the amount of fresh air circulated through the building.

Mott Road Classroom Updates: $450,000

Classroom sinks need to be replaced to be in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Currently, students in wheelchairs would have a difficult time reaching the sink faucets because of cabinetry underneath the sinks. As the sinks are replaced, the cabinetry surrounding them will be replaced and updated. Shelving adjacent to the new ventilators that will be installed in the heating project will also need to be replaced as the old ventilators are removed.

Bleachers: $217,000

There often is a seating shortage for home sporting events at the high school athletic stadium. Home football games typically draw between 1,500 to 2,000 people. There is seating for 800. Not enough seating results in safety issues related to crowding on the grassy hills around the bleachers. Current seating capacity on the home side will double to 1,600 seats. Two sections will be added onto each end of the existing bleachers. The existing bleachers and ramps will remain, and there will be no changes to the existing press box.

Related Costs and Fees: $1,750,600 (per state guidelines)

The state Department of Education recommends that school districts budget 20 percent of a project’s total cost for expenses such as architectural, engineering and legal fees, surveys, asbestos testing and monitoring, insurance and utilities.

Construction Contingency: $795,400

The district budgeted 10 percent of the construction costs to pay for any unforeseen expenses that may result as contractors complete the individual projects.

Alternate Project – High School Electrical Service: $800,000

If the bids for the work above come in low enough, and there is enough money left in the proposal budget, the district would like to use the remaining project funds to replace the electrical service at F-M High School, which is about 50 years old. There is a concern about being able to get replacement parts for the system because of its age.

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