After many months of determining and prioritizing items in need of replacement, repair or upgrade in our district, a proposed capital project was developed. In an effort to keep our building as safe and conducive to student learning as possible, the Board of Education decided to proceed with the proposed capital project by seeking public approval in December 2019. The proposed capital project was approved and the paperwork has been sent to Albany.
Due to sound fiscal planning by the New York Mills Union Free School District and the benefit of state aid, the proposed $1,543,750 capital project carries no tax increase. Any local share of the capital project will be offset by using funds already saved in the district’s debt reserve fund and the capital reserve fund, allowing for no tax increase.
The scope of the project seeks to address the needs of our school community as well as our students. The proposed project incorporates a new playground with space for all of our elementary students, handicapped accessible bleachers with a walkway that would allow all of our community easy access to both the concession stand and the bleachers and a new marquee, or site sign, that will allow us to communicate dates, announcements and student/staff celebrations on an immediate basis. In addition to the external projects listed above, the proposed project also includes some paving around the loading dock and our bus garage, providing a safer surface for our employees to navigate.
The proposed project also contains some needed safety enhancements in our school building. The district would be able to limit access to the entire building when we have a program in our gymnasium or the auditorium. The work to our internal doorways and hallways will also allow us to isolate hallways from outside access during a lockout or lockdown scenario. Currently, there is no way to separate the elementary hallways from the secondary wings. As we continue to tighten up our security measures, this is a necessary next step.