VALATIE — Ichabod Crane Central School District scheduled a community forum for today to educate residents about the district’s proposed $39.97 million capital improvement project.
The district will hold a public forum in the high school auditorium at 6 p.m. when residents will be able to ask questions and give comment on the district’s planned two-phase capital project.
“We are still early in the process, but we are moving forward now,” said Ichabod Crane Central School District Superintendent Michael Vanyo. “We are holding this community forum to figure out what the scope of the project will be, which will determine the cost.”
The district expects to have a final project plan by October, with a vote on the project possibly in December.
The project, with a preliminary estimated total cost of more than $39 million, is broken down into categories of proposed improvements including health and safety, academics and programming, physical education and athletics, building infrastructure and site infrastructure.
“Some of these things are areas where we identified needs,” Vanyo said. “Some of the needs are based off of what was identified in the building conditions survey.”
Preliminary information about the project, including preliminary cost estimates, can be found on the district website.Health and safety
The preliminary estimates for the cost of the project show the district is looking to spend about $2 million on health and safety improvements, including putting a security film on windows meant to prevent people from breaking the windows with a weapon, and transaction windows at the main entrances of the buildings.
The district is also proposing meeting needs identified in the building condition survey such as replacing door hardware, sidewalks, handicapped parking, mechanical exhaust systems, renovations to become more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and replacing the fire alarm system at the middle and primary schools.
“You will see a lot of these security features at schools,” Vanyo said. “We just want to secure the school better and provide standard safety features.”academics and programming
The district proposes to spend about $14.9 million on improvements aimed at helping with academics, with a big portion helping to reconfigure the high school to better support classes in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
The project could include renovations of the science and math classrooms, and renovations and an addition for technology and engineering classes.
“Our labs are outdated and are not par with 21st-century learning goals,” Vanyo said. “We are also looking to make pathways in technology and engineering with skills and trades and engineering. We want to provide hands-on learning but also help students go off to college for that. There are lots of jobs and opportunities in those fields.”
The district also proposes to renovate the guidance suite and create a large group instruction room in the high school.
As for the middle and primary schools the district is looking to renovate classroom pods and install a sound system in the cafeteria and gymnasium.physical education and athletics
The district proposes spending about $5.35 million on improvements for physical education and athletics including a new turf field and bleachers at the high school and replacing lockers in the gym locker rooms at the middle school.building infrastructure
The district proposes spending $13.59 million on standard building improvements.
For the high school the district proposes replacing the roof, corridor lockers, mechanical systems including the boiler and plumbing systems.
In the middle school the district proposes replacing the ceiling, mechanical systems including the boiler and the plumbing system.
The district proposes replacing the exterior doors, the ceiling, mechanical systems and electrical systems in the primary school.
The district also proposes replacing the exterior doors for the maintenance building and the plumbing systems at the bus garage.site infrastructure
The district’s preliminary cost estimates show the district could spend about $4 million in site infrastructure improvements.
The district proposes replacing an underground fuel tank and reconfigure the grounds so people can drive through the entire campus at the high school.
The district proposes replacing stormwater management systems and improving pavement at the middle school.
The district also proposes improvements to the playing field at the primary school including new topsoil and mulch and planting seeds.