On Nov. 17, 2015, voters approved a $37.8 million capital project to address health, safety, wellness and infrastructure issues in Gloversville schools. The capital project would have no additional local tax impact. Work is expected to begin in 2017.
A detailed presentation (PDF) outlines the projected costs and scope of the capital project, which would tackle issues identified through the state-mandated development of a building condition survey and five-year facilities plan for Gloversville Enlarged School District.
Nearly 80 percent of the capital project construction costs are for work to address aging infrastructure. At Gloversville Middle School, major mechanical systems are worn down after nearly 20 years in operation. Across the district, other items would tackle a variety of building-specific issues such as:
• Aging windows, masonry, roofs, floors and lighting;
• Crumbling and/or inefficient sidewalks, exterior stairs and paving;
• Traffic patterns that are inadequate for student safety and vehicle access;
• Water damage due to poor drainage and ventilation; and
• Strengthening security at school entrances.
The project would also strengthen physical education programing for grades 6-12 while improving safety, increasing accessibility and decreasing travel time for many student-athletes. Learn more (PDF).
Passage of the capital project will required support from 60 percent of the voters, known as a super majority (voters approved the proposal with a 78.5 percent approval rating). State building aid will cover 98 percent of the principal and interest costs. The remaining 2 percent of costs would be covered locally by existing reserve funds. As a result, the project could be completed with no additional local tax impact.
Capital Project News Archive
Nov. 17, 2015 Voters approve capital project
Nov. 6, 2015 Capital project newsletter posted (PDF)
Sept. 23, 2015 Capital project brochure posted (PDF)
Sept. 4, 2015 Community input shapes revised capital project plans
Aug. 11, 2015 GESD Facilities Update Planned for August Board Meeting
March 24, 2015 Facilities Committee report shared with Board of Education (PDF)
March 20, 2015 GESD to review needs for renovations, upgrades