New Hartford school vote on building renovation passes

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A $39.8 million capital project that will renovate buildings within the town of New Hartford school district passed Tuesday night, according to the district superintendent.

The proposal passed by a vote of 338 to 131, said New Hartford Central School District Assistant Superintendent Mary Mandel.

“We are very appreciative, as always, for the support of the community,” Mandel said.

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Mandel said she was not surprised by the low number of votes, noting December typically brings out a low number of voters on school projects.

What is the project?

The project provides for the reroofing of Hughes Elementary, Myles Elementary, Perry Junior High, the bus garage and the food storage building.

LED lighting upgrades at Bradley Elementary also are included.

The project also includes upgrades and renovations at Perry Junior High. The renovations here include:

  • Upgrade to the HVAC systems

  • Athletic improvements

  • Addressing the drainage around the building

  • Sidewalk access around the building

  • Window wall replacement

  • Asbestos abatement

  • Flooring

  • Classroom upgrades

  • Boiler/hot water systems replacement

  • Lighting upgrades

  • Science lab updates

  • Ceiling replacement

  • Kitchen improvement

  • ADA compliance upgrades in restrooms

The senior high school will receive several athletic improvements, including turf replacement, track resurfacing, tennis court improvements and stadium lighting upgrades.

The senior high building also will receive air conditioning in the science wing, pool dehumidification/heater, a new gym floor and bleacher repair and restoration.

What is the cost of project and how will the district pay for it?

The district says the project will cost $39.815 million and would not have any impact on the local tax share.

This is because the district will pay for the projects, if approved, through state aid and debt dropping off, Tangorra has said.

The financing plan for the project follows the district's long range financial plan for capital improvements, Mandel said previously.

Mandel said the district will bond for the full $39,815,000, which will be offset by approximately 80% state building aid. The remaining 20% will be offset by retiring debt.

What is next?

Now that the vote has passed, officials will begin a roof design phases for the buildings needing roof repair.

Officials expect to spend the summer month going through a state education department review and go out to bid on the projects.

Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring, with a second round later on.

Officials expect to complete all the projects in the winter of 2025.

“The biggest thing is we’re able to move forward with our learning (institutions),” Mandel said.

Ed Harris is the Oneida County reporter for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Ed Harris at EHarris1@gannett.com.

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