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.
On September 6, 2016 legislation was signed into law by Governor Cuomo requiring all public school districts to test their drinking water for lead contamination. Warrensburg Central School District had water samples taken from all drinking sources – including water fountains, sinks, and kitchens – in both schools and the bus garage. The test results are expected back within the next few weeks. As always, the safety of our students, staff and visitors is our first priority. We will share the results of the water testing with the public as soon as possible. If elevated lead levels are discovered in any of our water sources, we will immediately discontinue use of that water source and develop a remediation plan in accordance with NYSED and NYSDOH guidelines.