Saratoga Springs City School District
he proposed $3.24 million ImprovementProject – funded almost entirely through acombination ofregular state building aid andthe school district’s Capital Reserve Fund – will beon the ballot on May 21. District residents will alsovote that day on the proposed 2013-14 school districtbudget and a school bus purchase proposition, aswell as elect three members to the Board of Education.The project is the first in a series of annualpropositions to be voted on by district residents thatwould provide funding to maintain the infrastructureof the district’s buildings, resolve health and safetyissues, and address identified instructional needs.Voter approval will be required annually to authorizeeach proposal.Examples of projects included in the propositionto be voted on this May are districtwide upgrades tofire safety systems, security systems and wireless net-works; roof repair and replacement at the DorothyNolan Elementary School; and repair or replacementof existing heating, ventilation and air conditioningsystems at the high school and Greenfield ElementarySchool. The work would be done during 2014-15 toallow time for state Education Department review andapproval.
Many of the projects proposed for the first andsubsequent years involve upkeep of existing facilities.As homeowners are well aware, it’s more cost-effec-tive to repair or replace aging infrastructure such asroofs and heating systems than it is to wait until theyfail, possibly incurring additional damage and a steep-er price tag. Timely repairs also prevent disruption of the educational process.“We believe it’s in the best interest of our tax-payers to be good stewards of our schools, undertak-ing necessary repairs, renovations and upgrades asthey are needed,” said David L’Hommedieu,Assistant Superintendent of Information Technologyand Operational Innovation.The district’s eight schoolsrange in age from 20 years (MapleAvenue Middle School) to 89 years(Lake Avenue Elementary School),with an average age of 51 years. Theschools, plus the 10-year oldTransportation and MaintenanceFacility, total approximately1,350,000 square feet.
The questions and answers at left and on the next page provide somekey information about the project.
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