South Colonie proposes $4.4 M project

School officials say building work is safety related and necessary, vote Oct. 10

— Buhner said if the bond is approved, the district would fix the installation and patch on a new roof. Additionally, some areas on the high school’s second floor have asbestos in the ceiling, which just so happens to be in the same spot where the reroofing needs to be done.

“We haven’t had a problem with it at this point. It’s still safe, however it’s probably not the best idea to have it,” Buhner said. “We haven’t had leaks but if we can replace that ceiling and not have that concern I think it would be wise to get it out of there.”

The Sand Creek Middle School uses a spray foam system in its roof, but the current system is not holding up anymore, Buhner said.

The district would like to improve accessibility to the main entrance of the high school. The current ADA-approved entrances are at the end of the building, which makes it difficult for easy access, Buhner said. The high school is the only one of the district’s eight buildings to not have ADA access in the front.

“When buildings are older they can be grandfathered in,” Buhner said. “(It was) built before standards changed. Newer buildings would not have those problems.”

The main change to the building would be the addition of an enclosed area with two ramps. The high school’s entrance has many steps, so the plan is also to have two ramps that would go right into the building on the inside to avoid the steps, Buhner said.

“Having discussions with community members, I think they understand there isn’t anything flashy in this capital project. This is basic maintenance,” Buhner said. “We hope to take good care of our facilities. With the slight improvement to the high school, even that I think many people would tell you that we should have had the main entrance addressed many years ago. We want to run good programs for the kids in safe, clean buildings.”

The district is also proposing the replacement of three school buses, instead of the typical seven. The replacement cost was pegged at $353,000, which accounting for state aid would amount to an $187,000 local cost. The owner of a $150,000 property would pay $2.36 per year for the life of the five-year bond.

District residents can vote on the proposition on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at all five elementary school buildings – Forest Park, Roessleville, Saddlewood, Shaker Road and Veeder.

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