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GCSD eyes $18M facilities improvement plan

Building renovations, enhancing security, technology upgrades proposed

Part of Guilderland Central School Districts recently proposed facilities improvement plan would focus on security enhancements. One security improvement would focus on reconfiguring Guilderland Elementary School’s entrance.

Part of Guilderland Central School Districts recently proposed facilities improvement plan would focus on security enhancements. One security improvement would focus on reconfiguring Guilderland Elementary School’s entrance.

— The Guilderland Board of Education recently heard the district’s Facilities Committee unveil proposed capital projects totaling almost $18.2 million. If pursued, the spending would require voter approval.

The first recommendation totaled more than $17.3 million and included building infrastructure renovations, safety and security improvements and instructional technology upgrades. The second recommendation of around $845,000 tackled high school auditorium renovations and replacing the high school football field light pole.

Both recommendations as proposed would be presented to voters in separate referendums. The district “conservatively” estimated around 90 percent of proposed project costs would be eligible for state building aid reimbursement of up to nearly 65 percent.

District Superintendent Marie Wiles said the committee worked throughout most of the spring with architects to develop its next capital project.

“The multiple perspectives that were around that table brought us to a place where we have an excellent product,” Wiles said at the board’s July 2 meeting. “Our mission talks about inspiring children to be able to be lifelong learners and to succeed in a global economy and this kind of work makes our efforts towards achieving that mission ever more possible.”

Wiles said while students must have an environment conducive to learning, the district’s “most important” responsibility is to keep children safe during school.

The first and larger proposition would result in an annual tax increase of $65 for a home in the Town of Guilderland assessed at $246,500, the median value. The second proposition would likewise result in an annual tax increase of $3 to the same home.

Wiles stressed the presentation was only a starting point of board members discussing the project.

Assistant Superintendent for Business Neil Sanders said critical areas of need include replacing building components that are creating safety concerns, near the end of useful life or are a “detriment to the efficient and economical operating of the building.”

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