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PROPOSED FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT PROJECT NEARS OCTOBER 18TH VOTE
 
In 2015, a detailed survey of the conditions of all of our buildings was completed by architects and engineers as specified by education law. That survey is designed to help districts prioritize the most needed projects to be completed to ensure our facilities are appropriately maintained for student, staff and community use. Based upon that survey and discussions with staff, the Board of Education, after much deliberation is proposing a capital project. The District has completed the planning process necessary to prepare for a referendum, including project scope, projected cost and sources of revenue. On July 11, 2016 the Board adopted a resolution to place a facilities improvement (capital) project plan before the voters to meet the identified needs.  The general scope of work involves the following:
  • Auditorium renovation
  • Common space renovation in high school and middle school
  • HVAC and electrical upgrades in all buildings
  • Fire alarm and smoke detection upgrades in all buildings
  • Some pavement repair
  • Transportation Center renovation
A more detailed scope of work is listed below.
 
PROPOSED PROJECT FUNDING
 
This project has been planned with the goal of controlling project cost with no increase to the current tax rate. The total cost is projected to be $12.1 million. The majority of the funding for this project is generated from state building aid which for Jamesville-DeWitt represents 71.9% of the cost. The project’s local funding is planned to coincide with the retirement of existing school district debt. The cost of the new debt incurred will equal the cost of the debt being retired, so there should be no change in local tax rate as a result of this project.
 
PROJECT SCHEDULE
 
September 26, 2016          Public presentation     
October 18, 2016              Referendum vote
November - April 2017       Final design    
May – December 2017       Estimated SED review and approval
Spring 2018                      Construction begins
 
PROJECT SCOPE OF WORK
 
HIGH SCHOOL
Driveways and Parking:
            Reconstruct campus drive, bus loop and drive to courtyard area
            Reconstruct east parking lot and drive
            Some minor concrete and masonry repair      
Cafeterias:
            Small cafeteria glass corridor wall upgraded to fire resistant
            Replace floor, ceiling and lighting
Gang toilets:
            Renovate 3 upper level and one lower level
Stairwells:
            Renovate
Large Group Room:
            Renovate
Electrical:
            Add receptacles to classrooms
            Replace and upgrade circuit panels
            Label all panels and switch boards
            Provide additional emergency lighting
            Upgrade fire alarm and smoke detection systems
HVAC:
            Upgrade main electric room circulation
            Replace some controls
            Improve air circulation in OT/PT room and fitness center
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Windows:
            Replace windows and flashing
Large Group Room:
            Renovate with level floor space 
Pool:
            Replace filter, chlorinator, controller
HVAC:
            Cool server room and main office
            Replace some controls
Electrical:
            Add receptacles to classrooms
            Replace and upgrade circuit panels
            Label all panels and switch boards
            Provide additional emergency lighting
            Upgrade fire alarm and smoke detection systems
            Replace clock system
 
TECUMSEH ELEMENTARY
HVAC:
            Cool server room
            Replace some controls
Electrical:
            Add receptacles to classrooms
            Replace and upgrade circuit panels
            Label all panels and switch boards
            Provide additional emergency lighting
            Upgrade fire alarm and smoke detection system
 
JAMESVILLE ELEMENTARY
HVAC:
            Replace some controls
Electrical:
            Add receptacles to classrooms
            Replace and upgrade circuit panels
            Label all panels and switch boards
            Provide additional emergency lighting
            Upgrade fire alarm and smoke detection systems
Gym:
            Replace folding door controls
 
MOSES DEWITT ELEMENTARY
Parking Lot:
            Full depth replacement including sidewalk
            Some minor concrete and masonry repair
Kitchen and Cafeteria:
            Replace ventilation system
HVAC:
            Replace kiln exhaust
            Replace some controls
Electrical:
            Add receptacles to classrooms
            Replace and upgrade circuit panels
            Label all panels and switch boards
            Provide additional emergency lighting
            Upgrade fire alarm and smoke detection systems
 
TRANSPORTATION
Fuel tank:      Replace
Bus lift:         Replace
Parking Lot:   Replace upper lot
Bus Storage:  Replace overhead doors
Electrical:       Label panels and switch boards
 
AUDITORIUM RENOVATION
Seating Area:
            New carpet, wood paneling
            Paint floor, walls, ceiling
            New acoustic panel system
            New seating as an alternate
            Expand sound booth into foyer
            New house lighting
Stage:
            Replace curtains, refurbish rigging
            Replace doors
            Improve catwalk and access
            Upgrade theater lighting
            Upgrade audio visual system
            New video and CCTV system
HVAC:
            Replace air handling units
Behind Stage:
            Renovate music suite
            Increase storage
            Practice rooms
            Multi-purpose room
 
VOTING INFORMATION
WHAT WILL IT SAY ON THE BALLOT ON OCTOBER 18TH?
 
Reconstruction/Renovation/Improvement of District Facilities
Shall the Board of Education of the Jamesville Dewitt Central School District (the "District") be authorized to renovate and reconstruct the Tecumseh Elementary School, Jamesville Elementary School, Moses Dewitt Elementary School, Jamesville Dewitt Middle School, Jamesville Dewitt High School and District Bus Garage, including renovation and reconstruction of building exteriors and interiors, refurbishment of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, grading or improvement of the sites and acquisition of original furnishings, equipment, machinery and apparatus required for purposes for which such buildings and improvements are to be used at a total estimated maximum cost not to exceed $12,100,000; and obtain the necessary funds by the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of the District to be collected in annual installments in the years and in the amounts as the Board of Education shall determine in accordance with Section 416 of the Education Law, and in anticipation of such tax shall the District be authorized to issue up to $12,100,000 of obligations of the District?

New York State no longer allows the use of level voting machines for any school referendums. Districts are authorized to use either electronic voting machines or paper ballots. The District must pay rental and personnel fees to use an electronic machine. Because there is only one proposition on the ballot, the District has opted to conserve financial resources and use paper ballots for this referendum.
 
Community members are also invited to a public presentation of the proposed project on September 26th at 7:00 p.m. in High School Large Group Room.
Please join us to get your questions answered and please vote on Tuesday, October 18th at the high school main gym 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m..
              
FACILITIES INFORMATION

Facilities Improvement Project Presentation - September 26, 2016
JD Journal - September/October 2016 (Welcome Back & Facilities Improvement Project Information)
Asbestos Management Plan - Notice of Availability

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Dr. Alice Kendrick, Superintendent

P.O. Box 606
DeWitt, NY 13214

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