Learn Forward

Learn Forward: A multi-phase campus modernization plan
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“Learn Forward” is Cobleskill-Richmondville CSD’s multiphase plan to modernize our campuses with improvements to learning spaces and infrastructure.

The current plan is for three distinct phases, the first which already was approved by voters in February 2021.

PHASE 1 ($14 million)

Voters authorized the district to spend up to $14 million as part of Phase I, but 82 percent of the cost is covered by state aid. Passage of Phase 1 did not raise the local property tax levy. 

The first phase included four key initiatives: 

  • Replacement of key infrastructure, such as roofing, heating and cooling systems

  • Improvements to parent drop-off and pick-up loops

  • Safety enhancements

  • Modernized learning spaces for students.

Here is how the work breaks down by building:

Ryder -- Replacement of roofing; new “MakerSpace” for hands-on student learning; drop-off/pick-up loop redesign; main office/secure vestibule improvements; playground improvements.

Radez -- Replacement of roofing; new “MakerSpace” for hands-on student learning; relocation of main office to improve security; drop-off/pick-up loop redesign; renovation of nurses’ and guidance offices.

Golding -- Replacement of roofing; front entrance security improvements; additional heating for classrooms; creation of “tech suite” for hands-on learning in science and technology.

C-R HS -- Renovations to agriculture classroom and restoration of the greenhouse; replacement of heating and cooling systems; replacement of curbing and concrete sidewalks.

Construction on Phase 1 began in the fall of 2021 with roofing work at Ryder and Golding. Roofing work at Radez will begin in March 2022. The rest of the construction will take place in the summer and fall of 2022.


A vote on Phase 2 originally had been planned for May 2022. But due to cost uncertainty as a result of inflation, the vote is postponed until at least fall 2022.

In the meantime, the district will be re-prioritizing the Phase 2 scope of work based on market conditions. 


Sept. 21, 2021: Roofing working begins at Ryder, Golding

Feb. 3, 2021: Residents approve Phase 1

Jan. 29, 2021: Video: Superintendent discusses ‘Learn Forward’

Jan. 26, 2021: Q&A - Your capital project questions, answered

Dec. 11, 2020: Referendum set for Feb. 3