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September 03, 2014

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District residents pass Proposition #1, defeat Proposition #2

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, district residents approved a $17,324,650 building project proposition to upgrade aging infrastructure in the district’s seven school buildings and improve safety, security and technology systems district-wide. The proposition passed by a vote of 897 (yes) to 790 (no). Voters did not approve a second proposition, in the amount of $846,300, to renovate the high school auditorium and replace wooden light tower poles on the high school football field/track. This proposition was defeated by a vote of 857 (no) to 829 (yes). Thank you to everyone who came out to vote on the proposals.

 

Polls will be open Nov. 14 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at all elementary schools
Voters to decide on $18.2 million building project propositions

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, district residents will go to the polls to decide on a $17,324,650 bond referendum (Proposition 1) for voter approval. The plan calls for upgrades to aging infrastructure in the district’s seven school buildings and improvements for safety, security and technology systems district-wide.

A separate proposition will also be put before voters that day in the amount of $846,300 (Proposition 2) for renovations and upgrades to the high school auditorium as well as to provide for the replacement of light poles on the high school football field/track. The passage of Proposition 2 is contingent upon the passage of Proposition 1.

The projects up for public vote on Nov. 14 will enable GCSD to continue to provide safe and well-maintained facilities to support student learning and achievement, and will address many of the district’s long-range needs.

Proposition 1: The proposed $17,324,650 building project referendum includes the following components:
$14,032,950 for renovations to electrical, heating and ventilation, roofing, plumbing and site systems throughout the district’s seven school buildings.
This facet of the project will address the following:
        -- Roof replacement
        -- Parking lot paving
        -- Ventilation systems
        -- Window rehabilitation
        -- Soffit replacement
        -- Traffic patterns and bus parking
        -- Doors and ADA-compliant door hardware
        -- Floor replacement
        -- Kitchen equipment
        -- Boiler replacement and upgrades
        -- Building temperature control systems
        -- Water main piping replacement
        -- Electrical panel and circuit upgrades

$1,483,000 devoted to safety and security improvements centered around effectively controlling visitor access and enhancing classroom security.
This facet of the project will address the following:
        -- Lobby modifications at all school buildings, with extensive changes at Lynnwood Elementary School and
            Guilderland High School
        -- Additional security cameras
        -- Additional door access swipe card readers
        -- Additional classroom and office locksets/keying
        -- Visitor management and tracking software
        -- Computer server upgrades

$1,808,700 for technology infrastructure and program upgrades to enhance instructional opportunities for students.
This facet of the project will address the following:
        -- Additional mobile labs
        -- Upgrades to network switches
        -- Wireless access points for each classroom
        -- District-wide replacement of an uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) with battery backup
        -- Classroom technology upgrades

Proposition 2: The proposed $846,300 referendum includes the following components:
$553,800 for renovations and upgrades to the high school auditorium
This facet of the project will address the following:
        -- Replacement of auditorium seating, including the addition of ADA-compliant seating access
        -- Lighting upgrades to improve light levels and increase energy efficiency
        -- Sound system upgrades

$292,500 for high school football field/track light pole replacement
This facet of the project will address the following:
       
-- Replace wooden light poles that are 20+ years old with new metal poles mounted in concrete for safety and
            durability
        -- Current light poles are not mounted in concrete and are a safety concern due to their age and construction
        -- Light fixtures would also be replaced

Additional information about the upcoming building project referendum will be sent home to all district residents in the form of a special edition district newsletter in early November.

 

Unable to make it to the Oct. 29 community meeting?

On Tuesday, October 29, the district held a community meeting in the Guilderland High School LGI to share details of the upcoming building project referendum. The evening began with a brief presentation by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Wiles and Assistant Superintendent for Business Neil Sanders. View the presentation (PDF) Wiles and Sanders then joined other district leaders, as well as members of the Facilities Committee and the district's architectural firm, in a panel to answer questions from the audience relating to various aspects of the project. The event will be re-aired in its entirety on Channel 16 on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 12 p.m., Wednesdays at 3 p.m., and Mondays at 7 p.m. through the Nov. 14 vote date. You can also watch a replay of the event online by clicking "Play" on the video box below:

 

 

 

Community meeting set for Oct. 29
District reviews building improvement recommendations

On Tuesday, September 10, the Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to put a building project referendum before district voters on Thursday, November 14, 2013. The referendum is based on the work of the GCSD Facilities Committee, who presented a report to the Board of Education earlier this summer highlighting their specific recommendations for future action. To learn more about the report, please click on either link below:
View the complete report (PDF)
View the PowerPoint (PDF)