Board approves Wellwood construction bids; project continues to move forward

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education has given the final stage of the 2017 voter-approved capital project the green light to move forward. 

On Feb. 24, the board approved bids in the amount of $25.6 million for the largest portion of the $45.2 million total project, which will take place at Wellwood Middle School. 

The total project includes an addition at Enders Road Elementary, which was completed in September, and a renovation of F-M High School’s bathrooms and library media center, which students and staff began using in November. The project also includes energy efficiency improvements district wide, such as new lighting that was installed at the high school athletic stadium. 

At Wellwood, the district’s oldest building with portions dating back to 1933, construction will include a 15,000-square-foot addition and new main entrance facing Fayetteville Elementary School, creation of a new, enlarged parking lot in front of the addition, new athletic fields and renovations to existing classrooms, including asbestos abatement and infrastructure upgrades.

Pre-construction work has already begun at Wellwood, with groundbreaking for the new addition and entryway anticipated this spring. Construction is expected to be complete in September 2022.

“This work will update much of Wellwood, allowing for more collaborative, modern and flexible educational spaces, significantly eliminating asbestos-containing materials and increasing the building’s accessibility for our students and community members with such improvements as an internal ADA-compliant ramp in the main lobby and relocating the cafeteria and instructional programs out of the basement and into the new addition on the first floor,” Superintendent Craig J. Tice said.