Silver Creek capital project vote tomorrow

Silver Creek Superintendent Todd Crandall discusses the proposed capital project.

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Central School District is holding its proposed capital improvements project vote tomorrow at the high school lobby from 1 to 9 p.m.

Superintendent Todd Crandall has been touring district organizations giving detailed slide-show presentations of the $17.6 million project. His final presentation was held during last week’s public hearing.

According to Crandall, the capital project is designed to fund the following areas of concern:

Maintaining district investment in facilities, buildings/grounds and infrastructure.

¯ Address increased health and safety needs throughout the district.

¯ Enhance student programming and experiences.

¯ Address the needs of families in poverty and the significant increase of special needs students.

Census data gathered by the district indicates that the overall student population has remained consistent over the last 10 years and is projected for the next decade to remain at approximately 1,000 students, with a present population of 1,077.

What has changed about that population, according to Crandall, is more poverty stricken-students and special needs students.

“In the past five to seven years, we have increased from 548 disadvantaged students to over 675,” Crandall said. “This increase demands more specialized services, individualized teacher attention, small-group instruction, early intervention services and small alternate locations for special education students.”

Thus, among other things, the project is calling for the addition of six new elementary school classrooms.

“(Currently) we have several rooms where two or three teachers are located within one classroom setting,” Crandall said.

Crandall has stressed that the capital project will be funded without the need for a tax levy increase.

“The project will be 100 percent paid for using a combination of NY state building aid, district reserves and Native American building aid,” Crandall said.

Some of the proposed capital project improvements include the following:

¯ A new courtyard canopy

¯ A new nurse’s suite

¯ Band entry vestibule

¯ Locker room and restroom renovation

¯ Document storage and faculty lounge renovation

¯ Special education office renovation

¯ Science room and athletic trainer renovation

¯ Middle school office renovation

¯ Roof reconstruction at the main building site

¯ New bus maintenance addition

¯ Playground improvements

¯ Parking lot addition

¯ Track repavement

¯ Parking lot additions and ADA-compliant parking

¯ Playground improvements

If the voters approve the capital project, construction will begin in the summer of 2019 and will be expected to be completed by the summer of 2020.

To view a detailed presentation of the capital project go to http://www.silvercreekschools.org.

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