BCSD Building Projects
Smart Schools - Phase 2In 2014, New York State voters approved the Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014, giving the state permission to issue a one-time $2 billion bond to finance educational technology capital projects to improve learning and opportunities for all students. Capital projects may include classroom technology, high-tech security, school internet connectivity, and classroom trailer replacement.
In order to be considered for funds, all schools are required to submit a Smart Schools Investment Plan to the state to outline how the Smart Schools funding will be used to provide educational tools and opportunities that students need to succeed.
The state allocated roughly $3.6 million to the Baldwinsville Central School District. The first phase of the plan was upgrading the district’s network infrastructure, which the state approved and the district has completed.
For the second phase of the plan, the district would like to spend $2.1 million of Smart Schools money for safety and security upgrades. At its January 28, 2019 meeting, the Board of Education approved the district’s plan for the second phase, which you can find HERE.
2016 Building Project
On February 9, 2016, district residents approved the 2016 Capital Project. The $32.4 million project allows the district to continue its goal of maintaining and improving its facilities to provide students with a safe and healthy learning environment. Like your home, the district’s facilities are under a constant state of maintenance. The scope of the project includes:
New Transportation Facility – $24 Million
The district is building a new bus garage on industrial, nontaxable land located in the Radisson Corporate Park to provide the department with much needed space, to reduce traffic congestion and diesel fumes in the village, and to increase our parking facilities for district events. You can view progress photos of construction HERE.
Baker High School Kitchen Remodel - $1.2 Million
The kitchen is original to the building and in need of new coolers and new floor and wall tiles. The configuration of the kitchen is no longer efficient for the amount of meals that must be prepared and served. A new design will create additional space, improve service, allow for more meal options, and ultimately result in cost savings for Food Service. Work on this project is anticipated to begin in June 2019. The district received approval for the plans in Janaury 2019. You can watch a short video to see what the cafeteria will look after the kitchen is remodel by clicking HERE.
Replace Press Box and Lights at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium - $600,000
The 2014 capital project included new ADA accessible bleachers at the stadium, and we had planned on using the old press box. However, this proved to be impractical and the press box has been replaced to fit the new bleacher design. The stadium lights were 30 years old, not energy efficient, and inadequate for current extracurricular needs and have been replaced. They were replaced in the summer of 2017 with new energy efficient LED lights. Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium is the first stadium in an upstate school district to have LED lights.
Other Items - $6.6 Million
* The roof of Elden Elementary School and the Baldwinsville Public Library have been replaced. Work on the roof of Van Buren Elementary School is expected to begin in the summer of 2018.
* Replace damaged lockers at several buildings, masonry and window work, and repurposing of current bus garage.
Market prices can bring good deals for school districts. By using bid alternates, we may be able to do more work within the project budget, including boilers and air handling equipment at Durgee, masonry and window work at Baker, and replacement of damaged lockers at Durgee.
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