Capital project: Voters approve Phase 1

Capital project: Voters approve Phase 1
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Voters in the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District have approved the first phase of a capital project that will update infrastructure, improve safety and modernize classrooms.

 By a 469-251 margin, according to unofficial results available Wednesday night, residents have given the district permission to move forward with the $14.1 million first phase of “Learn Forward: A Multiphase Campus Modernization Plan.”

 “We are sincerely grateful to voters for their trust and support, especially in the midst of such a challenging economic climate,” said Carl J. Mummenthey, C-R’s Superintendent of Schools. “Voters’ approval of this project allows us to not only address the physical needs of our facilities, but also opens more opportunities for our students to engage in science and technology learning. We’re looking forward to moving forward with the design and construction of this important work -- and, of course, watching our students thrive in their new learning spaces.”  

 Because state aid will cover about 82 percent of the costs and because the district will be paying off older debt over the next few years, Phase 1 is not expected to raise the local tax levy.

Construction will begin as soon as Fall 2021, after additional design work is completed.

 Phase 1 of the project includes:

  • Updates of campus infrastructure, such as heating systems and roof elements that have exceeded their useful life expectancies.
  • Redesign of parent pick-up and drop-off circles for better safety and traffic flow.
  • Improvements to main offices for enhanced security at schools’ main entrances.
  • Creating of “Maker Spaces” for hands-on technology and engineering instruction as well as renovations to the agricultural wing at C-R High School.

The modernization project has been in the planning stages for more than five years. To maintain flexibility in light of the economic uncertainty and to ensure neutral tax-levy impact, the project has been divided into three phases. Voters will consider the second and third phases of the project in 2022 and 2024, respectively.

More information can be found in our capital project newsletter: NEWSLETTER.

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