Capital Project 2017  

Wood warps. Stone cracks. Roofs leak. Lights go out. Technologies improve. Over time, buildings need renovations and updates. The same wear and tear you encounter at home also happens to aging school buildings.

That’s why Canajoharie Central School District residents are asked to vote on two propositions on Dec. 5, including a $4,986,750 renovation project.

School Fall Newsletter (PDF), Information Brochure (PDF), Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Proposals at a glance

  • Dec. 5 public vote from 12-9 p.m. at the high school on 2 proposals.

  • Proposal 1. A $4,986,750 project to complete renovations at all district buildings. Work would include security, heating/cooling, lighting, and other infrastructure updates. This would be the first phase of a multi-phase district facilities improvement plan.

  • Proposal 2. Create a new Capital Reserve fund for the district. The new fund would begin with just over $50,000 and the Board of Education plans to add an additional $750,000 from the existing fund balance to help offset costs. More below.

  • State and current district funds would cover about 83 percent of project costs. If the new fund is approved and the additional fund balance added in, the estimated annual cost for a homeowner in the district would be $2.25 per $100,000 of assessed property value financed over 15 years (estimated up to $21.36 per $100,000 over 15 years without the new fund).

  • Detailed scope, cost of project by building: East Hill Complex (PDF), High School (PDF), Bus Garage (PDF)

 

 Nov. 15 Public Meeting

 

 

The Proposals

 

Interior Rendering of the Elementary School project

The proposed renovations would be the first phase of a multi-phase plan to control costs while also renovating and updating infrastructure throughout the district.

 

If voters approve the project, state and district funds would pay for roughly 83 percent of the work (detailed breakdowns below), leaving about $923,000 to be paid with local funds.

 

With that in mind, voters are also being asked to consider the creation of a new Capital Reserve fund for the school district. The new fund would begin with just over $50,000 (details below). To ease demand on local taxes, school officials plan to add an additional $750,000 from the district’s existing fund balance.

 

Funding from the reserve would be used to reduce the local share of the proposed project.

 

Rendering of the interior of the middle school

If the project and new fund are approved, and the additional funding is added, the estimated annual cost for a homeowner in the district would be $2.25 per $100,000 of assessed property value. The proposed project would be financed over 15 years.

 

The project can be approved without the approval of the new fund. However, the annual cost for homeowners would likely rise to as much as an estimated $21.36 per $100,000 of assessed property value.

 

The renovation work would be overseen by the SEI Design group in Albany.

 

Overall, if approved, the proposal would address five major areas:

 

Security

 

Security vestibules would be upgraded in all of the district’s schools.

 

A Rendering of the inside of the high school project

Electronic locks would be installed on interior doors and upgrades would be made to video equipment on the exterior of all district buildings.

 

Heating and Cooling

 

Custodial and maintenance staff have done an outstanding job keeping facilities in good condition. However, key parts and temperature control mechanisms would be replaced throughout the district to maintain system efficiency and keep long-term costs down.

 

Lighting

 

There are more than 300,000 lighting fixtures throughout the Canajoharie school buildings. Many of these are fluorescent or incandescent fixtures.

 

These would be upgraded with light-emitting diodes - more commonly known as LEDs - that typically require less maintenance and are more energy efficient, leading to energy savings for the district.

 

Roofing, boilers, room work

 

Roof maintenance is planned for the East Hill/Middle School complex.

 

Proposed plans for the Elementary School

Inside the building, the steam boilers in the East Hill/Middle School complex would be upgraded to more efficient hot water heaters.

 

Work would also be done on the middle school main office, teacher’s rooms and gym.

 

Track resurfacing

 

The track that rings the football field behind the high school has been weathered. The surface of the track would be refinished.

 

Capital Reserve Fund details

 

After state and available district funds would be applied to the estimated cost of the proposed work, roughly $923,000 would need to come from local funds.

 

In order to offset this cost, the Board of Education is asking voters to consider the creation of a new Capital Reserve Fund for the district.

 

This new fund would have a 10-year lifespan and a lifetime deposit cap of $2 million. The new fund would start with $51,916 from a previously expired capital fund. The Board of Education plans to add $750,000 from the district’s existing fund balance into the new fund. That would help pay for this proposed project before voters on Dec. 5 and other projects in the future.

 

Creation of this fund would allow school officials to reduce the financial impact of the proposed renovations, but it is not required to approve the work.

 

Potential plans for the middle school project

Timeline moving forward

 

There are a number of opportunities to ask questions about the proposals before the Dec. 5 vote.

 

The district is accepting comments and questions through both its Facebook page and here.

 

There will also be a public meeting at Canajoharie High School on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. This meeting will be live streamed and available on the district’s Facebook page and website.

 

There will be a second informational session during the day on Nov. 16 at East Hill Elementary School during parent-teacher conferences.

 

Reminder information about the project will be also be mailed to residents and taxpayers in late November.
If voters approve the project, school officials would provide monthly updates as they proceed with design, review, and bidding processes that will take place throughout 2018 and into 2019.

 

At that point, and pending any unforeseen delays, construction would begin in the summer of 2019.

 

Projected plans for the high school project

The district plans to issue monthly updates to the public via Facebook and here.

 

Detailed scope, cost of project by building:

East Hill Complex (PDF)

High School (PDF)

Bus Garage (PDF)

 

Feedback

 

The Canajoharie Central School Distric invites questions and comments from the public leading up to the public vote on Dec. 5.

 

Questions and comments back be sent to school administrators through the email address on this website or fill out the form below.

 

Please include your name, how you prefer to be contacted (e-mail, phone, etc.) and your question or comment.