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Capital Improvement Project

Funding Improvements & Building the Future

In the fall of 2018, the District embarked on a transparent and collaborative process with SES Study Team, LLC and community representatives to analyze and discuss District data and the future use of our buildings. The Community Advisory Committee identified options for future programming and potential facilities as they relate to the program vision of the Baldwinsville Central School District. We called this process Funding the Future. In October 2019, the Study options were presented after working with the Community Advisory Committee. The Pandemic took precedent for a period of time until efforts could be refocused on Funding the Future. In the Fall of 2020, the District began working on a plan with the State Education Department that addressed physical infrastructure options presented by the committee. 

The Facilities Committee brought forward the Phase 1 Project and the community voted and approved the project on May 17, 2022. This project initially included the shift of 5th grade to Ray Middle School and 7th grade to Durgee Junior High School. The project was scaled back from $89 million to $32.8 million to include only work at Durgee to be fiscally responsible with a lower impact on taxes. This work does not include realignment of grade levels. The project includes work at Durgee with the construction of a new gymnasium and STEAM space. The project also includes the reconstruction and reconfiguration of the existing technology, music and art space, media center, kitchen, cafeteria and gymnasium. The main office will be housed near the nurses office and guidance to create a safe and secure main entrance off the bus loop. Upgrades to the building’s infrastructure are also included in the project. The work was carefully thought out to support the current students in the Durgee building, while also allowing for future work that could support grade level realignment in the future. 

The Facilities Committee is continuing to work on the next capital project proposal to be presented to the voters on May 16, 2023. This Phase 2 Project will include construction primarily at C.W. Baker High School, the Athletic Complex and Ray Middle School, with a minimal amount of work at Durgee Junior High School and Elden Elementary School to ensure we continue to improve our infrastructure. This proposed project will include:
  • Main Campus Multi-purpose turf field with lights
  • Baker High School
    • Pool relocation & reconstruction
    • Expanded main gym with running track
    • Locker room refresh
    • Renovate science wing
    • Infrastructure upgrades
    • New access road with parent drop-off & parking
  • Ray Middle School
    • Technology/Music/Art reconfiguration
    • Gym/locker room reconfiguration
    • Classroom upgrades and wall replacement
    • Flooring replacement 
    • Infrastructure upgrades
    • Bus loop, traffic related, green space upgrades
  • Durgee Junior High School - Scope to be determined
  • Elden Elementary School - Scope to be determined
The $63.9 million project will be funded by $48.8 million in State Building Aid, $7.5 million from the Capital Reserve Fund and $7.6 million raised from taxes. Taxes are projected to increase by approximately $16.61 for a home with a market value of $100,000.