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SCCC music project delayed due to missed deadline

SCCC music project delayed due to missed deadline

The long-delayed project to build an addition onto Schenectady County Community College’s music wing

The long-delayed project to build an addition onto Schenectady County Community College’s music wing has been postponed again.

President Quintin B. Bullock told the Board of Trustees this week that the college will not receive funding from SUNY this year for the project, a 15,000-square-foot addition to the Begley Building.

He said Dean of Administration Patricia Godlewski did not meet a deadline to submit the application. Now, the college will have to wait until the spring round of funding.

The college and county were splitting the $3.9 million cost.

Bullock anticipated that the project would go out to bid in May with construction in early fall. The wing would open in the fall of 2011.

SCCC currently has two rehearsal rooms, 11 individual practice rooms, one small classroom and faculty offices. The National Association of Schools of Music, which accredits the college, has said there should be additional practice facilities for the number of students. The expansion will provide eight music practice rooms and offices for faculty.

The project has been gestating for almost three years. The Schenectady County Legislature had wanted SCCC to move its performance programs downtown to a location near Proctors. In the spring of 2007, the county declined to release its share of the cost, citing the dispute. The project was eventually scaled back because of fiscal concerns; a recording studio and space for the theater program were eliminated to save 5,000 square feet and $1.5 million.

Kindl property

In other business, Bullock said preparations are going smoothly to transfer the Kindl property at the corner of State and South Ferry streets to the county. The college plans to use it for its work force development programs.

Among the capital needs will be repairs to the floor and roof, Bullock said, but this should not prevent the transfer from being completed by the end of the year.

Student Trustee Emily Miller said rumors have been going around campus that they are looking to retain the recording studio located at the Kindl building. Bullock had not heard that but said it is something to explore.

The board also approved spending another $168,825 to repair the roof at Elston Hall. Godlewski said the college initially just planned to do the main roofs but more extensive work was required.

“We don’t want any more roof leaks like we’ve been having,” she said.

The bid for the initial work was $652,000.

Bullock said he has put a freeze on most travel because of a potential state aid cut. The college’s nonprofit foundation is helping to pay for faculty and staff travel.

The board also approved adding new positions to the college’s roster — dean of work force development, chief information officer and grant writer.

The dean of continuing education position, which had been held by Edward Baker before his retirement, is being replaced by the new dean position, which would work with business and industry to identify new programs where the college can provide training, Bullock said. The grant writer would help the college secure other funding sources.

Bullock said the college has never had a chief information officer, which is needed as technology grows more complex.

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