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2018-10-11 / Front Page

BOE updated on capital project before district vote

by CHRIS GRAHAM
Editor

The Orchard Park Board of Education and district voters received a final look at the $12.2 million safety and security capital project up for a vote on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The primary scope of the project creates a new security desk, office and vestibule at the main entrance of all school buildings. This will allow visitors to be questioned before they can fully enter a given school building.

There will also be secure entrances for the athletic entrance to Orchard Park High School and the Route 20A entrance of Orchard Park Middle School. Some of the school buildings, such as South Davis Elementary and Windom Elementary, will have their main office reconstructed and make parts of the respective buildings Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant.

The project will also involve roof and masonry work at the middle school and Windom Elementary. Where roofs are being replaced, rooftop units are also being replaced. Around $1 million of the project is going to masonry work at the middle school, while an estimated $2.3 million will be used to replace 95 percent of the roofs at Windom. The roofs have dealt with leaks for years.

“Looking at debt that’s coming off and new debt coming on, there’s no new tax impact,” said Superintendent Matthew McGarrity during Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. “I would call it a basic project in the sense of the roofs and masonry that needs to be done, but also when we talk about the security at the front entrances.”

The first capital project is part of a 10-year plan using the building condition survey to access the needs of the district. There are projected capital project votes in 2020 and 2022 of $13 million and $27 million, respectively.

Voting on the $12. 2 million project will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Orchard Park High School, 4040 Baker Road. Voters are encouraged to use the Freeman Road entrance.

If the project is approved by voters, the district’s architects and engineers will prepare final plans and specifications to go to the State Education Department before the end of June. SED will take around 38-40 weeks to review the project, allowing construction to begin in the summer of 2020.

The board also adopted the external audit results. At the board’s September meeting, Drescher and Malecki, who conducts the external audit, issued an unmodified, or clean, opinion, which means the financial statements reasonably present the financial position of the district.

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Orchard Park High School, 4040 Baker Road.

email: cgraham@beenews.com

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