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District Proposes Capital Project for Safety Upgrades - Residents to Vote on May 15



For years, the district has set aside part of its capital spending for security. Some of the security-oriented work and activities we have done over the last ten years include:
 
  • Installation of 250 video cameras on property in and around all district buildings; 
 
  • A new secure main entrance at Baker High School, a new, more secure entrance at Ray Middle School and a secured main entrance at Durgee Junior High School;
 
  • Electronic door access control at all school buildings;
 
Additionally, we have provided active shooter training for all staff; and have begun a partnership with Liberty Resources to provide mental health assistance to secondary students.
 
We have developed a list of safety improvements we would like to make in our buildings. To pay for this work we plan on using $2.1 million of our NYS Smart Schools grant, plus a $4.31 million capital project. This safety and security project will appear as proposition 3 on the budget ballot on May 15. As part of this proposition, we are asking for voter permission to spend up to $830,000 from our capital reserve. This will pay for the local share of the project, and it will have a minimal impact on the tax levy. The project includes the following:
  • Installation of secure lock down capability in the corridors of all schools;  
  • The building of secure vestibules in the elementary schools with an attendant to sign in visitors;  
  • Upgrade all classroom doors that will instantly lock at the touch of a button; and  
  • Installation of a mass notification system.  
The district estimates that the project  will be completed by June 30, 2021, or sooner, depending on how long it takes the state to approve the work.
 
The budget vote, the capital project proposition and the bus purchase proposition, as well as school board elections, are scheduled for May 15 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Baker High School auditorium. A special budget edition of the Hive with details of the budget, the propositions and board candidates will be mailed to residents in early May, and we have a public budget hearing scheduled for May 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Durgee Jr. High cafeteria.

You can read a list of Q & As on the project HERE
Last updated on 5/14/2018
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