CV plans upgrades in $2.7M project

District residents to vote May 15

By Connie McKinney | Press & Sun-Bulletin

FENTON — A new roof for Chenango Bridge Elementary School and improvements to all three of the district’s school buildings could be completed as part of a $2.7 million capital project district residents will vote on in May.

Residents can learn more about the project during an informational meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. April 25 at the Henry E. Galloway Board of Education offices on Chenango Street, Fenton. A vote is scheduled for May 15, the same day as the school budget vote.

There will be no cost to local taxpayers, Chenango Valley Superintendent Carmen Ciullo said. Funding will come from $600,000 worth of EXCEL — or Expanding Our Children’s Education and Learning — funds, a one-time allocation of state funding for school capital projects. State aid will pay for the remaining $2.1 million.

Approximately half the project, or $1.5 million, would fund a new roof for Chenango Bridge Elementary School, said Rob Warholic, an associate for Clark Patterson Associates of Binghamton. Other work would include replacing some doors and windows, refinishing the stage floor and updating gym lighting for an additional $200,000.

Similar work scheduled to be done at the Port Dickinson Elementary School for $411,000 would include replacing some doors and windows, updating gym lighting and installing security cameras, Warholic said.

The middle/high school is scheduled to receive $208,200 in improvements, including the replacement of lockers and improving acoustics in the music room, and the installation of five new security cameras inside the building, Warholic said. All are items that weren’t done during a $28.5 million renovation of the middle/high school that voters approved in 2000.

The project also would include $228,920 for project fees and $115,000 for contingency allowance in case a project needs more work than anticipated or if prices come in higher than expected, Ciullo said.

The Chenango Bridge Elementary School hasn’t been renovated since 1993, while the Port Dickinson Elementary School hasn’t been renovated since 1990, Ciullo said.

If approved, construction could start by spring 2008 and take two summers to finish, Warholic said.

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