Jan. 7, 2014
Residents approve $7.4 million building projectIn a special election held Jan. 6, Cazenovia Central School District residents voted 167 to 46 to approve a $7.4 million proposal to repair and upgrade existing infrastructure in all three school buildings. “We’re grateful to all the residents who ventured out on a frigid January day to cast a ballot,” Superintendent of Schools Robert Dubik said. Temperatures plummeted 37 degrees from the time the polling place opened at 7 a.m. (44 degrees) and closed at 9 p.m. (7 degrees), according to the National Weather Service. “We want to thank the community for its support of this important project,” Mr. Dubik said. “The Board of Education will now move forward.” District administrators expect state approval of the project will come in late 2014, and competitive bids for the construction would be sought in early 2015. The work itself then would begin in the summer of 2015 and be completed by September 2016. The bulk of the building project entails the renovation or replacement of such behind-the-scenes systems as air handling, heating, lighting, as well as windows, doors, brick repointing and water mains. Most of the work is expected to be completed during summer months to minimize classroom interruptions. These deficiencies were indentified during Cazeovia’s regular “building condition survey,” which is conducted every five years and forms the basis of the district’s long-range facilities plan.
Although the total estimated cost is $7.4 million, the district anticipates 69 percent of the project cost will be paid for by New York state building aid. The balance will be funded by a municipal bond issue to be repaid over 15 years, beginning in 2016-17. Because an existing bond issue will be paid off in 2015-16, administrators expect the renovation project to create no tax levy increase for residents.