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2018-10-11 / Front Page

Vote set on capital project


Tuesday night, the West Seneca Board of Education passed resolutions pertaining to the proposed capital improvement project, issuing a negative SEQRA declaration and setting a special meeting and vote on the proposition.

The vote will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the gymnasium of East Senior High School, 4760 Seneca St.

Districtwide capital improvement projects consist of the reconstruction and renovation of buildings, facilities and sites in the district, at an estimated maximum cost of $75.5 million. The project will implement health, safety, accessibility and code compliance measures required by the state education department.

Proposed improvements at many of the district’s locations are anticipated to include security, accessibility and safety upgrades, including renovation of existing spaces to create secure entries and vestibules, relocating main offices and repurposing other spaces where needed; construction of main entry canopies to identify entrances at West Elementary and at the District offices on Potters Road; installation of intruder function secure door hardware to interior doors of occupied spaces off of main corridors; installation of ADA lifts; and safety improvements such as stair upgrades and interior fire and secure doors.

Proposed building infrastructure improvements at multiple locations are anticipated to include new or restored roofs and skylights with accessories; and masonry work including restoration of brick and foundations, chimney repointing or removal, window caulking, and other similar building exterior upgrades including exterior doors.

Building system upgrades proposed at multiple locations are anticipated to include various HVAC air handling and ventilation upgrades; technology improvements including clock and public address systems; electrical upgrades, such as building exterior LED lighting, panelboards, and relocating transformers outside; and various plumbing or accessibility upgrades such as drinking fountains, restroom and locker room renovations, pool filters, kitchen drainage, and a backflow preventer.

Educational building space upgrades are anticipated to include renovation of science classrooms and labs at both high schools to accommodate current spatial needs and evolving state and federal educational standards; a building addition for music classroom and band room and renovations to existing music spaces at West Middle; renovations to existing music rooms at East Senior; renovation and expansion of the nurse’s office at Allendale Elementary and the health office at East Middle; modification of existing locker rooms to create separate girls’ and boys’ locker rooms and staff offices at Winchester Elementary, and to create access to the pool from the corridor at West Elementary.

Other proposed upgrades are anticipated to include various gymnasium upgrades including bleachers, dividing curtains, wall pads and select flooring at multiple sites.

Site work is anticipated to include athletic facility improvements, including a new track and multi-purpose synthetic turf playing field at each of East and West senior high schools with accessory improvements at each such site, including track and field event sites, scoreboards, track and field lighting, bleachers, pedestrian circulation walks, utilities improvements, and storm water management measures; new concessions building, tennis courts and fencing at West Senior; removal of the existing tennis courts and creation of a new play surface with fencing at West Elementary; and removal of the existing ball field backstop at Winchester Elementary.

Pavement work will include reconstruction of existing driveways, drop-off loops, parking areas, sidewalks, and curbs at multiple sites; construction of new paved areas, including separate parent drop-off and bus loops and additional parking areas at West Middle, development of an access road for parent drop-off at Winchester Elementary, visitor parking spaces in the East Middle bus loop, drainage improvements at Clinton Elementary, and access ramps at Allendale Elementary and East Middle.

The board will contribute $870,000 of available district funds to the project.

New York State Building Aid funds are expected to be received by the district and will offset a substantial part of such costs, up to 77 percent. Taxes will be levied to finance the balance of the maximum project cost of $74,630,000. Tax will be collected in installments, in years and amounts not yet determined by the board.

The plan for the project was prepared by the district with the assistance of Young and Wright Architectural. The plan is available for review in the district clerk’s office and online at www.wscschools.org.

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