District anticipates December 2021 vote on proposed capital project
June, 23, 2021
Fayetteville-Manlius School District officials are targeting December 2021 for its next capital project vote, which will include a proposal to provide infrastructure and programmatic space upgrades to F-M High School, the one school building that all F-M students attend before graduating.
The $52 million project proposal aligns with the district’s 2020-23 Strategic Plan, which includes a focus on capital improvement projects that improve learning spaces, building security and accessibility and ensuring that district facilities are responsive to contemporary teaching and learning needs.
The two buildings that make up the high school were originally constructed in the 1960s. On Dec. 3, 1961, the cornerstone was set for F-M High School, which is now known as House 2. The junior high school building was added in 1965 and became absorbed into the high school as House 1 when Eagle Hill Middle School opened in 1972.
“This project will allow F-M High School, which was originally constructed as two separate schools, to finally become a cohesive school building with logical physical connections, modernized instructional spaces and the necessary infrastructure to support those spaces and provide a safe and comfortable teaching and learning environment,” Superintendent Craig J. Tice said.
If district residents approve the proposed project in December, district officials expect that work would begin in spring 2023. The total project is anticipated to take just under four years to complete and touches nearly every part of the building, including increasing its footprint to add classroom space.
In 2017, voters approved a capital project that included upgrading high school restrooms dating back to the 1960s, renovating and expanding its library to meet student demand and renovating the central kitchen area in the high school into needed support spaces. That work is complete, and those areas would not be touched in the proposed project.
The Wellwood Middle School portion of the 2017 project is expected to be done by the time the proposed high school work would begin, freeing up the eight modular classrooms that have been in use at Wellwood so they could be relocated to the high school campus to be used for swing space as needed.
District officials expect that the state would reimburse the district for about 80% of the proposed construction costs directly related to instruction. The district plans to ask voters in December to also approve the district’s use of capital reserve funds to reduce the total amount the district would finance.
If the district uses $7 million in capital reserves, the estimated tax rate increase is projected to be 1.91%, and the estimated impact on $100,000 of taxable value would be $48.66. Voters previously approved the establishment of a capital reserve fund in May 2017.
Another way district officials plan to minimize the project’s tax impact on residents is by timing the project so any new debt from it would be realized when debt from previous capital projects would be retired in the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years.
- Consolidated main office suite and new nurse’s office adjacent to the single-point of entry near the auditorium
- New elevator and staircase by House 2 main entrance
- Addition to House 2 that would create a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) wing
- Two-story cafeteria addition and renovation with hallways to connect House 1 and 2 to improve the pedestrian traffic flow and building security.
- New learning support center adjacent to the expanded cafeteria
- New broadcast journalism space adjacent to the auditorium
- New auxiliary gym adjacent to the wellness center
- New photography instructional space adjacent to the art classrooms
- Auditorium acoustical upgrades
- Stadium turf replacement
- Major mechanical system upgrades
- Fire alarm and public address system upgrades
- New fire lane around the back of the building
- Sidewalk and asphalt replacement
- Asbestos abatement
- HVAC replacement to improve ventilation and air filtration including the addition of air conditioning in House 2
- Classroom renovations and enhancements
Board members assess future facility needs: Dec. 4, 2020
2017 Facilities Project
On Dec. 5, 2017, Fayetteville-Manlius School District residents approved a $45.2 million facilities project proposal that will fix aging infrastructure, add instructional space, enhance security, improve accessibility for people with disabilities and create energy efficiencies.
“We are so grateful that our residents have authorized the district to move forward with these projects,” Superintendent Craig J. Tice said. “This work will protect taxpayers’ investment in our facilities and ensure that our students and staff are learning and working in safe and healthy environments designed for 21st century instruction.”
Construction is expected to begin spring 2019 and is anticipated to be complete by September 2023.
State building aid will pay for 75.3% of the work, about $9.4 million will be used from a capital reserve fund. The remainder will be paid for over 15 years with money from the district’s capital reserve fund and the property tax levy. The tax levy is estimated to increase 1.1% with a corresponding tax rate increase of $0.28, which equates to $28.44 per $100,000 of taxable value.
What’s involved in the 2017 capital project?
Enders Road Elementary School – $3.0 million
- Construct an approximate 4,000-square-foot addition facing the playground, adding three large classrooms, two small classrooms and restrooms to be used during recess
- Renovate existing locker rooms (currently used for storage) into restrooms, storage space and offices for the gymnasium
- Install partitions for instructional flexibility in four small existing classrooms
- Create a new single restroom
- Replace obstructed sanitary line located under floor slab
- Consolidate heating system from multiple boilers into two new boilers
Fayetteville-Manlius High School – $4.1 million
- Upgrade 10 restrooms dating back to the 1960s to better align with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Renovate and expand library to meet student demand
- Renovate central kitchen area into support spaces
Wellwood Middle School – $34.9 million
- Construct an approximate 15,000-square-foot addition facing Fayetteville Elementary School that would relocate from the basement the school’s kitchen, cafeteria, and music instructional spaces
- Install new elevator for auditorium and balcony access
- Create new, secure main entrance area in proposed addition, which would include main office and nurse’s office
- Expand the existing bus loop
- Move front parking lot adjacent to the proposed addition and increase it by 76 spaces (64 to 140)
- Create a ramp between the new main entrance and the existing building for improved accessibility
- Renovate and upgrade classrooms, including installing new windows, and create flexible learning spaces
- Convert existing front parking lot to an athletic field
- Abate asbestos and renovate infrastructure of building’s 1933 portion including mechanical systems, windows and roof–which dates back to the original construction) and the existing basement and boiler room
Energy Performance Contract – $3.2 million
- Replace boilers at the district office building, Eagle Hill Middle School and F-M High School
- Add one boiler to the Instructional Communications Center
- Install energy efficient lighting throughout the district
- Replace heating system controls
- Install more energy efficient pumps
- Add and replace building insulation
Wellwood construction to begin: April 9, 2020
F-M High School unveils newly-renovated library media center: Dec. 11, 2019
Stadium lighting becomes more energy efficient: Sept. 30, 2019
Enders Road addition officially open for business: Sept. 20, 2019
Construction beginning at Enders and F-M High School: April 3, 2019
Facilities project planning continues to move forward: Jan. 7, 2019