Construction of the South Glens Falls Central School District’s $57.8 million capital project began this summer and continues through 2020.
The project, which voters approved in December, includes an eight-classroom science addition at the high school, as well as six classrooms at Ballard Elementary School to accommodate the growing student population, district officials said.
Also included in the project are expanded library media centers at Ballard and Tanglewood and upgrades to the high school auditorium. Officials said the project will also address building maintenance needs such as roofing, windows, doors and flooring across all six school buildings. A combined transportation and operations/maintenance facility will be constructed on the site of the lower bus garage.
A two-story addition onto the high school will create eight science classrooms, four on each floor. Two of the four will have a flexible floor plan with movable furniture. Built-in cabinets will line the perimeter, and the corner will have a room with sun exposure for greenhouse projects.
District residents approved a $57.8 million capital project referendum to improve health, safety, handicapped-accessibility compliance and security measures; achieve energy efficiencies and other cost-saving measures; and protect the community’s long-term investment in its school facilities.
Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton said the capital project “will make it possible for us to improve and update our schools in a manner that will ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff.”
South Glens Falls will be reimbursed for 71 percent of the total project cost through state building aid, and the district is also planning to use $1.1 million of its capital reserve funds toward this project. The district would finance the remaining $15.7 million over a 30-year period. The estimated annual cost for homeowner who has a home valued at $100,000 is $16 per year for the life of the loan, or $0.16 per $1,000 of assessed home value.
The next phase of the project is the final architectural design for each of the school buildings and site work plans. Improvements to the senior high school parking lot drainage is expected to be completed next summer.