22 Jul Lazar Cartu Says: Capital project construction underway in Fort Plain
FORT PLAIN — Capital project improvements are underway in both Fort Plain Central School District buildings, and at the district bus garage.
The project includes health and safety upgrades, addresses maintenance needs, and enhances the district’s facilities.
The project is on-time and on-budget, according to Superintendent of Schools John Bishop, anticipating that much of the work will be complete before the first day of instruction, Sept. 8.
In conducting the work, construction firms have put in 5,000 hours across the past several months, with Bishop explaining the project, “allows the district to realize greater operational efficiencies and supports the district’s goals, especially in the areas of health and safety.”
“We’re updating aging building systems and making much-needed infrastructure improvements,” continued Bishop in a news release, noting that the project will reduce long-term maintenance costs while keeping district facilities in top working order.
District voters approved the $11.2 million project in December 2018. It is financed in part by $1.3 million from the district’s capital reserve fund, and does not have an impact on the tax levy. The remaining funds are provided by the sale of bonds.
FPCSD is eligible to receive a 94.9 percent reimbursement from the state on allowable expenditures.
The capital project addresses three major areas of need:
– Health and safety: Fire alarm system upgrades at both schools; HVAC upgrades at both schools; classroom door security upgrades at both schools; installation of an emergency generator at the Jr./Sr. High School; and cafeteria renovation and kitchen upgrades at Harry Hoag Elementary School.
– Building maintenance and enhancements: Roof reconstruction at both schools; the replacement of outdated windows in a portion of the elementary school; masonry restoration at both schools, including refinishing of the gym floor and the installation of a new divider curtain and wall pads in the high school gymnasium; server room expansion; and enclosing the open maintenance area at the bus garage.
– Site maintenance and improvements: Replacement of water main/sanitary line at the elementary campus; replacement of pumps serving the athletic complex; reconstruction of the track and fields at the athletic complex; paving reconstruction, including tennis and basketball courts at the high school, along with parking and site improvements at the elementary school; and drainage reconstruction behind the bus garage.