Superintendent's Message: Capital Project Moving Forward
FEB. 28, 2022 — With the hope that winter will soon be behind us, the District looks forward to breaking ground as early as March on the $15.6 million capital improvement project overwhelmingly approved by the voters in December 2019.
Since receiving support from the community, we have worked with a team of architects, engineers, and construction managers to finish final project designs and received approval from the New York State Education Department. We have planned construction to minimize disruptions and prioritize the health and safety of all students and staff.
Families may have noticed that some building improvements have already commenced. Work on our separate Smart Schools Bond Act project began at the Elementary School in December and will soon move to the Middle/High School.
The $1.7 million Smart Schools project will be used to upgrade the technology, communication, and security infrastructure of both schools. This work, paid entirely by the state through bonds allocated to Midlakes, occurs after-school and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the 2022- 2023 academic year.
Meanwhile, the capital improvement project could begin as early as March, with work starting first on a new staff parking lot behind the Elementary School along with preparations for a new fueling station near the bus garage. Some indoor work will begin in the Middle/High School in May, as we begin the early stages of relocating and redesigning the Middle School cafeteria and music rooms.
We are working with our construction team and teachers to identify alternate instructional spaces to accommodate the renovations and upgrades for our current music rooms.
Summer construction will take place at both buildings as well as the main Elementary School parking lot, the Bus Garage, and the football field. Each of these areas will either receive needed repairs or other site improvements. While our goal is to complete as much work as possible during the summer to minimize any disruptions to the school year, some programs and areas will be moved temporarily to allow work to be completed.
Summer (2022) programs for all students will be consolidated in the southeast wing of the Middle/High School, where no construction work is planned this summer. The District will share more specific information with families as we get closer to scheduling these programs.
In the upcoming 2022-2023 school year, we expect the relocation and redesign work of the secondary school music rooms and Middle School cafe to occur. We are excited to embark on these important upgrades so we can continue to provide outstanding programs for our students and care for the community’s investment in a well-maintained campus.
While construction projects are naturally disruptive, the District is committed to minimizing the impact on our students, staff, community, and programs. Be sure to visit the District’s website, social media, and other communication channels to find more information on these projects as it becomes available.
Thank you, in advance, for your patience during this time and your continued support of our students through the continuous improvement of our facilities and programs.
PROJECT TIMELINE A look at some key times of the capital improvement project.*
NEW ELEMENTARY PARKING LOT, FUELING STATION March 2022 (work begins)
MAIN ELEMENTARY PARKING LOT June 2022 - September 2022