Proposed Capital Project
In an effort to continually improve and maintain our facilities, the Board of Education is planning for our next capital project. Our recently completed building condition survey identified several maintenance issues and upgrades needed to keep our buildings functioning safely and efficiently. Just like your home, our school facilities are in constant need of attention and maintenance, just to keep them operational. The Jr./Sr. High School facility was constructed in 1992, and most of the finishes and equipment will be more than 25 years old by the time the project is enacted; while the Elementary ones will be more than 70 years old. Programs change and expand over time, and our spaces need to change to accommodate.
To that end, the Board of Education will be holding a Capital Project Forum to explain the maintenance needs of the school district and its vision for the future. The Board is also seeking input from the community to identify what is needed to provide our students with a 21st century learning environment and opportunities in both buildings.
This project will not cause an increase to the tax levy, as our current Capital Reserve, combined with NYS Building Aid, will allow us to complete the entire project with no impact on taxes. Operational costs and/or increases to utility bills are not expected to increase since one aspect of the project focuses on updating inefficient mechanical and electrical systems and replacing failing equipment. The vote will be held in March 2017 and should it pass, the project will be designed over a six-month period and submitted to the State Education Department in December 2017. The construction work will be phased over summer and fall months of 2019 and 2020. When completed, the project should reduce operating costs and free up time spent maintaining aging the equipment.
Please use the link below to view the presentation from the Proposed Capital Project Forum that was held on October 24, 2016.
Proposed Capital Project Slide Show
The Health and Safety of students and staff at the Warrensburg Central School District is our number one priority. This post is to update you on a recent health topic.
As you may be aware, on September 6, 2016 Governor Cuomo signed legislation which requires all public schools in New York State to test all potable water sources for lead. On September 30, 2016 the district obtained water samples from 65 sources of water from the Elementary School and 116 sources from the Jr/Sr High School. The samples were analyzed by Pace Analytical LLC, which is certified by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). The results of the testing for the Elementary School were released to the district on October 26, 2016, and for the Jr/Sr High School on October 27, 2016. From these results, 6 sources in the Elementary School and 27 sources in the Jr/Sr High School tested above the maximum contamination level set by the EPA and NYSDOH of 15 parts per billion.
Upon receiving the test results, the District immediately discontinued the use of these water sources for any type of human consumption. The district tagged the sources by posting notices not to consume the water. The district will now work with the NYSDOH to determine the source of lead and eliminate it.
While we understand that this information may cause you some concern, the district is taking the necessary steps to address the situation and confirm the safety of water throughout the district. There is nothing that we take more seriously than the well-being of our students and staff.
We will keep you informed about this issue and encourage you to contact the District Office if you have any questions.