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Shen board looks at plans for proposed capital project

Shen board looks at plans for proposed capital project

Upgrades to middle schools on the list
Shen board looks at plans for proposed capital project
Photographer: Gazette file photo

CLIFTON PARK -- The Shenendehowa Board of Education on Tuesday discussed aspects of a capital project -- named Project 2020 -- that would target improvements to the large district’s middle schools and make other needed upgrades elsewhere.

At the night meeting, district Superintendent L. Oliver Robinson outlined initial details as well as an early possible timeline for presenting it to district voters.

According to a rundown of areas to be addressed in Project 2020, classrooms at the middle and elementary levels will be modernized, gym floors, turf and tracks will be replaced or refurbished and the auditorium at High School West is slated for work as well.

Also see: Shen board discusses land purchase for new school

Also on the roster is a district-wide replacement of current light bulbs with LED lights, a district-wide replacing of windows, and standard code upkeep such as asbestos removal and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant door components and other hardware.

As board members got a preliminary look at a what might be included, Robinson explained that, due to the extensive planning and notification processes that must be undertaken when a district is planning a capital project, it will not be put to a referendum this May alongside the budget vote.

Among other issues, the district must present a basic rundown of the project's goals to the state Education Department as well as official plans.

Also, Shen will have to work around not having voting machines available in the fall due to November’s national election.

The district typically avoids holding referendums during the winter season due to inclement weather, which might keep district residents from voting. That leaves possibly September, a few weeks after the start of the school year, for the referendum, Robinson said, which is also noted on the project’s initial timeline.

Over the last few years, Shen has embarked on a large scale capital project that has seen a total update of the library in High School East, reworks of cafeterias and other necessary improvements to the buildings, including roofs and building connectivity and notification systems.

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