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Residents to Vote on Phase Three Capital Project
Monday, February 1, 2016
On March 10, the Liverpool Central School District will ask residents to vote on Phase Three of the Long-Range Facility Plan. The components of the capital referendum include renovations and improvements to three LCSD buildings. The total cost of the proposed project is an estimated $39.5 million.
Most of the proposed work will take place at Liverpool High School. This includes renovations and repairs to the pool, the choral room, the band room, bathrooms, offices, gymnasium & locker rooms, concession stand area, auditorium and cafeteria courtyard. It also includes replacement, upgrades and installation to the lighting, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. In addition, small building expansions are proposed for the cafeteria, an office area, a wellness training room and a storage room for musical instruments. The relocation of the main entrance will enhance security for the building.
At the Transportation Center, the proposed work includes rehabilitation and repairs to the pavement around the existing building and paving a small gravel area in the parking lot. It also includes replacement and upgrades to lighting, plumbing and HVAC equipment.
Work proposed at Wetzel Road Elementary includes the replacement of a large portion of the roof and skylights. The district continues to utilize this building for special events and during renovation projects.
The scope of this Phase Three referendum proposal was developed from the Five-Year Facility Report (mandated by the New York State Education Department and completed by Ashley-McGraw Architects). It identified $180 million of capital improvements that need to be addressed over the next decade. A committee of community volunteers, assisted by District staff, selected the scope for this capital improvement project. The committee considered these items as those most urgent and necessary to meet the future-ready learning needs of all students, the safety and security needs for all staff and students, and the facility needs for long-term building operation and maintenance.
Currently, the State Education Department rebates the district approximately 81.6 cents for every dollar spent on eligible capital improvements. The district portion of the bond proposal will be covered by the 2009 capital reserve fund and a local share property tax increase.
A public hearing regarding the project will be held on Monday, February 29, at 6:45 p.m. in the District Office Board Room (195 Blackberry Road).
Residents eligible to vote can do so on Thursday, March 10, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the LHS Gymnasium (4338 Wetzel Road).