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Find out how much your school would get from $64.5M bond

Find out how much your school would get from $64.5M bond

And see what the money would go toward
Find out how much your school would get from $64.5M bond
Hamilton Elementary in Schenectady is one of the 10 schools that may see repairs if the funding is approved by voters.
Photographer: Eric Jenks/For the Daily Gazette

Schenectady school voters will be asked next month to approve a $64.5 million capital project focused on nine of the city's elementary schools and the high school, a project officials promise won't necessitate a local tax increase. 

The project aims to address millions of dollars in needed repairs and replacement to core building systems, with the majority of the work being focused at five elementary schools: Hamilton, Martin Luther King, Pleasant Valley, Woodlawn and Yates.

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Along with the infrastructure upgrades, the basic organizational layout and classroom design of those schools would be improved. Under plans presented to the school board in March, classrooms will be better organized and grouped by grade level; hallways will be extended; secure entranceways will be established; and classroom spaces will be updated to improve layout, appearance and acoustics.

"We have a lot of spaces that we just make do with," Superintendent Larry Spring said at a March school board meeting, citing examples of students and teachers working in old locker rooms still covered in tile and poorly lighted. "We have repurposed a lot of spaces without actually redesigning them."

District officials are planning so the project will result in "no increase" to local taxes. Voters will also be asked to authorize the creation of a capital reserve fund, so the district can squirrel away $2 million in reserves by the time payments on the debt come due. Along with a state reimbursement rate around 95 percent and the use of other state funds, the capital reserve will make it possible for the district to pay off the project without raising the local tax levy, Spring told school members before they approved putting the project up for voter approval.

Here's a look at how much each school will get in the project:

Hamilton Elementary

$9,693,313

  • Renovate playground
  • Update water, sanitary and storm water systems
  • Improve exterior masonry, chimney, parapets
  • Replace windows and create new skylights
  • Renovate electrical, heating and cooling, and ventilation systems 
  • Replace fire alarm systems
  • Improve classroom design and layout
  • Organize school layout to separate "public" spaces from rest of building

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Lincoln Elementary

$547,075

  • Repave sidewalks
  • Add new safety cameras
  • Renovate foundation and repair exterior wall
  • Renovate and repair exterior doors, stairs and ramps
  • Replace emergency exit lighting system

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Martin Luther King Elementary

$13,153,256

  • New exterior windows and doors
  • Renovate existing flooring and ceilings
  • Add new hot water heaters and plumbing fixtures
  • New playground fencing
  • Improve school electrical service and distribution
  • Renovate heating and cooling and ventilation systems
  • New fire alarm system and smoke detectors
  • Improve classroom design and layout
  • Organize school layout to separate "public" spaces from rest of building

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Paige Elementary

$2,855,359

  • Remove unused fuel tank
  • Renovate playgrounds
  • Add new safety cameras
  • Create new heat system and HVAC controls
  • Replace fire alarm system

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Pleasant Valley Elementary

$7,865,907

  • Improve water, sanitary and electrical systems
  • Add exterior safety cameras 
  • Renovate playground
  • Renovate exterior masonry, stars and ramps 
  • Replace windows
  • Restore hardwood and tile floors
  • Replace ceiling, interior doors and lights
  • Install new communication system
  • Update heating and cooling and ventilation systems
  • Replace fire alarm and smoke detector systems
  • New exterior sign and flagpole
  • Improve classroom design and layout
  • Organize school layout to separate "public" spaces from rest of building

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Schenectady High School

$4,143,526

  • Replace fire alarm system panel
  • Add new emergency and exit lighting system
  • Convert steam boilers to hot water
  • Add new rooftop HVAC unit above library

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Van Corlaer Elementary

$1,106,609

  • Add new exterior safety cameras
  • Install new communication system
  • Renovate exterior building masonry

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Woodlawn Elementary

$13,366,929

  • Improve electrical and gas service
  • Add new exterior safety cameras
  • Replace carpeting, lockers, interior door and lights
  • Install new communication system
  • New emergency and exit lighting and fire alarm systems
  • New heating and colling system 
  • Replace exterior sign and flagpole
  • Improve classroom design and layout
  • Organize school layout to separate "public" spaces from rest of building

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Yates Elementary

$8,088,350

  • Renovate water, drainage and sanitary system
  • Improve playground fencing, sidewalks and play fields
  • Add exterior safety cameras
  • Renovate exterior masonry, chimney 
  • Replace ceilings and renovate hardwood floors, interior walls, tiling and stairs
  • Install new communication system
  • Replace exterior sign and flagpole
  • Add hot water heaters and improve heating and cooling and ventilation systems
  • New fire alarm systems
  • Improve classroom design and layout
  • Organize school layout to separate "public" spaces from rest of building

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Zoller Elementary

$3,514,746

  • Remove old incinerator
  • Add exterior safety cameras
  • Establish secure entrance vestibule
  • New communication system 
  • New emergency and exit lighting and fire alarm systems
  • Improve water and electrical service

Photographs by Eric Jenks/For the Daily Gazette

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