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GUILDERLAND: District mulls aid spending

The EXCEL aid is in place for the next two school years. If the aid is not used in that time, its availability is uncertain. EXCEL is a one-time allocation of state aid to help school districts pay for repair and renovation projects.

Sanders also presented the findings of the annual visual facilities inspection report to the board. The district's transportation building received a rating of excellent, the district office received a rating of unsatisfactory, and all other buildings received a satisfactory rating.

In the assessment, 46 different systems are studied and rated by an inspector. At the district office, unsatisfactory systems included the roof structure, drainage system and ventilation system.

Additionally, Sanders presented the results of the Five Year Capital Facilities Plan.

The report is state-mandated, and is in place to ensure there is an effort on behalf of districts to develop and assess needs.

"So you can't get into a situation where buildings begin to fall apart," said Sanders.

At the elementary schools, where the district will focus upcoming work, priorities included the upgrading and replacement of the telephone systems, electrical systems, air conditioning in special education classrooms, fire alarms, and public address and clock replacements.""

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