Maintaining Our School Buildings
A Message from Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle - Posted September 17, 2012
Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Capital Project - Posted September 18, 2012
Voter Registration Information - Posted September 27, 2012
Absentee Ballot Information - Posted September 27, 2012
Capital Project Fact Sheet - Posted October 1, 2012
Capital Project Voter Information Pamphlet - Posted October 2, 2012
Facility Improvement Plan Board Statement - Posted October 11, 2012
Prioritized List of Capital Improvements - Posted October 11, 2012
Resolution by the Board of Education - Posted October 12, 2012
Bond Proposition Ballot Statement - Posted October 12, 2012
Capital Project Newsletter - Posted October 19, 2012
Presentation by CSArch on Proposed Repairs - Posted November 26, 2012
Voting Results - Posted December 5, 2012
Capital Project Vote Survey Results - Posted December 14, 2012

Proposed Construction Project Overview by Building

Capital Project

On December 4, 2012, residents will decide on a proposed capital improvement plan that will address recommended repairs to the District’s buildings and instructional technology upgrades to accommodate statewide computer online testing.

Over the years, the academic reputation of the East Greenbush Central School District has remained exceptional while the physical facilities of some of its buildings have aged.  While the school buildings remain safe, and District maintenance staff does an excellent job of maintaining the buildings, some of the infrastructure is original.  Much like a homeowner’s roof or hot water heater must be replaced when its life expectancy has expired, so too must a school district upgrade the infrastructure to maintain the well-being of its school buildings.

Building Condition Survey

New York State law requires annual visual inspection of school buildings. Every five years, school districts must complete a comprehensive Building Condition Survey. Professionals must assess the life of major building systems such as septic systems, lighting systems, heating systems, etc.

The District completed its required Building Condition Survey in 2010.  The findings from that survey indicated that all of the District buildings have systems that are not in working order are at the end of their useful life. 

Based on the information from the Building Condition Survey, the Board of Education examined the list of potential repairs and, with the assistance of the architects from CSArch, created a five tier prioritized  list of recommended repairs. 

In creating the prioritized list, the Board recognized that many district taxpayers are facing financial challenges. The Board sought to balance recommended building repairs with the financial reality facing many District taxpayers. Therefore, the proposal that will go before the voters on December 4th includes only those repairs identified as priority 1, 2 and 3A&B.

The proposed construction project would, if approved, repair systems that are:

  • at capacity
  • not in working order or are at the end of their useful life

The proposed construction project would also

  • promote energy efficiency to realize savings over the long-term
  • improve access for individuals with disabilities

To see all items identified by CSArch in all five priority levels, click here.

Why now?

With the adoption of a construction bond, the capital project would receive state aid which would cover an estimated 72.1 percent of eligible project expenses.  Without a construction bond, the District would make repairs as needed without the assistance of state aid; payment would come from depletion of reserves or spending from the annual maintenance and operations budget. 

Maintaining Our School Buildings

The District has funded regular maintenance of building systems as part of its annual budget.  Since 2000, the District also has put forth before the voters three capital project referendums addressing much needed repairs. 

The proposed project will make repairs to some original systems that were not upgraded in previous capital projects. 

Proposed Construction Project Overview

Bell Top Elementary School

  • Replace original septic system
  • Replace roofing
  • Install energy efficient windows
  • Replace original plumbing fixtures
  • Replace inefficient lighting

For a complete list of proposed repairs and estimated costs at Bell Top click here.

Citizen Genet Elementary School

  • Replace inefficient lighting
  • Install energy efficient windows
  • Replace original heating system with modern energy efficient  hot water boilers
  • Install energy efficient windows
  • Repair deteriorated sidewalks
  • Parking lot expansion and resurfacing

For a complete list of proposed repairs and estimated costs at Genet click here.

Green Meadow Elementary School

  • Install energy efficient windows
  • Replace roofing
  • Replace inefficient lighting
  • Replace original septic system

For a complete list of proposed repairs and estimated costs at Green Meadow click here.

Red Mill Elementary School

  • Replace inefficient lighting
  • Repair inadequate drainage
  • Repair and repave roadways and parking lots to prevent ponding
  • Replace roofing

For a complete list of proposed repairs and estimated costs at Red Mill click here.

Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School

  • Replace original septic system
  • Replace inefficient original lighting system
  • Replace and repave deteriorated roadways and parking lots
  • Replace roofing
  • Install energy efficient windows

For a complete list of proposed repairs and estimated costs at DPS click here.

Howard L. Goff Middle School

  • Replace inefficient lighting
  • Install heating system controls to promote energy efficiency
  • Replace original gym bleachers
  • Replace roofing
  • Repair deteriorated roadways and parking lots

For a complete list of proposed repairs and estimated costs at Goff Middle School click here.

Columbia High School

  • Expansion of the cafeteria - current size requires lunch periods to run from 9:05 in the morning to 1:30 in the afternoon. 
  • Repair deteriorated pavement
  • Addition of athletic large group instruction room
  • Repair water damaged support wall

For a complete list of proposed repairs and estimated costs at Columbia High School click here

Buildings and Grounds Workshop

  • Add fire safety measures including interior wall, fire alarm system, additional lighting
  • Install new gasoline dispensing system that includes inventory control

For a complete list of proposed repairs and estimated costs to the Buildings and Grounds Workshop click here.

D. Jack Hedden - Raymond H. Werking Senior Transportation Center

  • Wash bay equipment replacement
  • Install two new in-ground bus lifts
  • Administrative and staff area expansion 

For a complete list of proposed repairs and estimated costs at the Transportation Center click here

All Academic Buildings

The movement to statewide computer-based testing requires all buildings to undergo technology upgrades.  Upgrades to each of the academic buildings will ensure the District is fully prepared for the transition to online assessments. 

Financial impact on taxpayers

The proposition amount is $31,647,447, for an annual net debt impact of $926,207 -- a 1.89 percent impact on the tax levy.  The Full Value Rate impact to District taxpayers would be $0.34 per $1,000.  Our estimates indicate a taxpayer with a residence worth $250,000 (full value, not assessed value) would pay an additional $85 per year.