$13M schools project to go before voters in Oriskany


ORISKANY — Oriskany Central School District residents will vote on whether to approve a referendum for a $13 million school capitol improvements project to include a new bus garage in the first phase of construction, from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14.

A public hearing on the proposed project will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 in the high school auditorium.

Building condition surveys were completed last year, along with an update to the school district’s Capital Facilities Plan in 2020-21. MARCH Associates Architects & Planners, PC, of Utica, met with teachers in May, and meetings with the district’s fiscal advisors also happened that month. The scope of the work was finalized last month.

According to the project overview, the $13 million project is to receive 81.7% state aid funding and be at no additional cost to the local taxpayers. Work will be included for both educational buildings: N. A. Walbran Elementary and the Junior/Senior High School, as well as the district office site to include a new transportation facility/bus garage.

Proposed construction by building:

High School Scope of Work

• Replace windows in original building.

• Replace classroom ceilings and lights.

• Replace classroom doors and hardware.

• Renovate cafeteria/kitchen suite.

• Renovate/reimagine library.

• Replace boilers.

• Classroom ventilation upgrades.

• Add air conditioning to auditorium.

• Upgrade electrical distribution system.

• Upgrade phone/Public Announcement system.

Elementary School Scope of Work

• Renovate original 1960 gym locker rooms.

• Replace classroom and corridor ceilings and lights.

• Replace classroom doors and hardware.

• Create a Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics (STEAM) Classroom/Maker Space.

• Replace main entrance aluminum doors.

• Replace hot water storage tank.

• Update HVAC (heating/air conditioning) control system.

• Upgrade electrical distribution system.

• Upgrade phone/PA system.

• Classroom ventilation upgrades.

Phase 1 of the project, to include the Transportation Center/Bus Garage, will go out to bid in July of next year if the project is approved, with construction beginning in August and commencing through June 2023.

Phase 2 will include all the work at the school buildings, and go out to bid in March 2023, with construction beginning in May and commencing through November 2024.

District officials said the proposed $13 million capital project addresses highest-priority infrastructure needs at both school buildings; space renovations address outdated and underutilized student areas; and the new transportation facility addresses inadequacies, such as undersized bus bays, at the current Main Street building.


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