Voters in the Fredonia Central School District on Tuesday will give either a green or red light for Phase I of the district's proposed EXCEL Capital Project when they head to the polls from 2 to 9 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
The $3.35 million Phase I focuses on the Main Street campus and addresses various concerns and necessary updates in and around the building, as determined by the school's Capital Project Committee. The committee was comprised of teachers, administrators, parents and other school officials.
There is not an expected change in the school tax levy if the project is given the go-ahead by voters.
Director of Instruction Joseph Reyda detailed the project several times during past board of education meetings and a newsletter regarding the project was sent out to the public. The newsletter stated the EXCEL funds will be used to "improve roofing and insulation, technology, mechanical and code corrections to an elevator, ventilation systems and the outdoor track."
As part of the interior work, Reyda said the committee recommended the following: re-sealing the moisture barrier at the interior pool wall; replacing network closets for the computer network throughout the district, which Reyda said would result in the ability to process more data and create a wireless network; replacing the high school built-up roof and insulation; and mechanical and code corrections to the high school lobby elevator.
Other recommended projects included: replacing hardware on doors in the auditorium, gymnasium and cafeteria, which currently have hardware that can no longer be repaired; replacing the ventilation system in the presentation room, which no longer works efficiently; replacing clocks throughout the district so that all of them tell the same time; and installing a wireless microphone system for stage and communication use in the auditorium.
"We also have a list of alternates," Reyda said. "We tried to gather some alternates in case (prices) came in better than expected. We would then be able to add certain other projects to this."
Alternates include the replacement of vinyl composite tiling and carpet flooring in select rooms, and the replacement of the public address and telephone systems, which both currently utilize outdated technology.
As part of exterior site work for the project, the worn and patchy running track will be rebuilt at its current location and the interior field there will be fixed up. Additional walkways will be considered, depending on final project costs.
Superintendent Paul DiFonzo called the proposed Phase I a "modest" endeavor for the school.
"If you look at the scope of the project, you'll see that most of the things we're doing are general maintenance items that we couldn't afford to do without the EXCEL aid," he said. "There's a large section of roof that needs to be replaced. You see the different things, replacing the track outdoors, putting in new technology closets; those are all things that need to be done for the benefit of the students. (Looking at) the size of Fredonia's district, the size of our budget, a $3.35 million project is relatively modest when you see what other districts around us have been able to do with their EXCEL aid."
According to the newsletter, the project, if approved, will be put out to bid at the end of 2014. The project will begin early on in summer 2015 and is expected to be completed toward the end of that summer.
"Obviously, our door is open, our phone line's open, our email's open; if anyone has any concerns or questions, please let us know. It's a fairly straightforward project ... and we feel this will benefit the students of our district," DiFonzo said.
Additional phases of the EXCEL project will focus on the Fredonia Sports Complex Initiative's proposal to build a new sports complex at the school.
The FSCI previously cited major safety and convenience concerns with the current football field, the Orange Bowl, as well as the soccer field, and pledged they would raise the necessary funds to cover the local share of the complex (around $600,000).
The complex will most likely entail building a new, combined soccer/football turf field behind the tennis courts, with additional parking, bleachers, a concession stand, a retention pond and lighting. The existing varsity softball field will most likely be relocated to the current practice field, which will be upgraded.
Voters will not be voting on the complex on Tuesday.
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