BC bond talk nears

New district architect to gather estimates on improvements

— Nolte said the district’s chief concern is protecting the structural integrity of each of its 11 facilities and 22 outbuildings and ensuring the health and safety of students and staff.

The Operations and Maintenance Department has identified repairs needed to the roofs at Slingerlands and Glenmont elementary schools and the high school, and façade and masonry repairs needed at the middle school. Technology upgrades have also been identified, as more state-mandated testing will eventually be done online at all grade levels.

A campaign by several parents last fall led the board to consider a bond to upgrade the district’s sports facilities after many games had to be canceled because of drainage issues at the high school football field, and senior night had to be held at a different school.

Athletic Director John DeMeo had already identified needed upgrades to the high school’s turf, track, lighting and sound systems and the bleachers. The costs could run between $2 million and $3.2 million.

After holding three community forums and asking residents to participate in an online survey, the board will begin discussing what upgrades should be included in a bond at a meeting held on Nov. 28. At that time a lengthy presentation will be given by the Ashley McGraw design team on their findings, along with cost estimates. Although the public is welcome to attend, district officials said the meeting is not a public hearing and is meant to focus on the opinions of school board members.

“Now that public participation and information gathering has come more to a close … it’s time for the board to discuss what their plan of action will be going forward,” said Douglas.

The superintendent said completing the discussions about facilities upgrades would soon become a “balancing act” to make sure decisions are made before the budget season begins.

The presentation and discussion will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in the middle school auditorium.

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