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2019 Capital Project

The Union Springs Board of Education has adopted a resolution for district residents to vote upon that will authorize the district to undertake a capital improvement project consisting of renovations of the Middle School/High School at a total estimated cost not to exceed $11,500,000, and to pay for the costs of such project by spending $660,000 from the 2017 Capital Reserve Fund approved by the district's voters in May of 2017, subject to the applicable amount of state building aid which may be received for the project. This project will result in a 0% additional increase on the tax levy.

Every year, the Board looks for ways to maintain and protect district assets, including buildings and facilities. Regular maintenance and repair helps prevent large-scale projects and reduces the taxpayer burden. Portions of the roof over the Middle School/High School have been closely monitored for several years, as their warranty expired in 2016; the Building Condition Survey indicated a need and a plan for replacement. The exterior masonry (brick) has areas that have noticeably deteriorated, and repair and repointing is necessary to preserve the exterior envelope of the building against the elements. Additionally, painting, drainage, plumbing and electrical improvements, heating systems, and security upgrades are needed to continue to ensure a safe learning environment for our students in the years ahead. 

Voters will vote on this project on May 21, 2019 as part of the annual budget vote.

 

Click on the categories below to view photos showing areas that are in need of repair.

Roof Repairs / Replacement Exterior Brick Veneer Repointing
VCT Flooring Replacement Renovate Kitchen & Serving Lines
Renovate Cafeteria Renovate Select Restrooms
Renovate FACS Classroom Repair Steam Riser Insulation
Replace Unit Ventilators Replace PA System
Eliminate Water Infiltration Issues Provide Split System in Server Closet
Replace Spalling Concrete Stairs Clean Out Swale Drainage System
Replace Elevated Receiving Dock Gymnasium Maintenance
Correct Draining at Baseball Left Field Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


 

In the photos and descriptions below, we have outlined the components that the district has identified need to be addressed in the proposed capital project.


Roof Repairs / Replacement

Exterior roof issues
Exterior roof issues
Exterior roof issues
Interior damage due to roof issues
Interior damage due to roof issues
Interior damage due to roof issues
Interior damage due to roof issues
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Exterior Brick Veneer Repointing

Exterior brick damage
Exterior brick damage
Exterior brick damage
Exterior brick damage
Exterior brick damage
Exterior brick damage
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VCT Flooring Replacement

Warped, torn, & discolored flooring
Warped, torn, & discolored flooring
Warped, torn, & discolored flooring
Warped, torn, & discolored flooring
Warped, torn, & discolored flooring
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Renovate Kitchen & Serving Lines

Serving lines are aged and in need of repair
Renovate food prep area to address aging and broken equipment
Replace food refrigeration units that have repeatedly failed in recent years
Replace kitchen equipment
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Renovate Cafeteria

Warped flooring and ceiling in entryway
Warped flooring
Patch and paint walls
Abate asbestos windows and provide security film on window exterior

Replace ceiling
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Renovate Select Restrooms

Restrooms near cafeteria
Restrooms near cafeteria
Unisex restroom  
Public restroom by auditorium
Public restroom by auditorium
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Renovate Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) Classroom

Replace flooring, cabinetry, and  countertops from 1960's and make classroom ADA compliant
Replace flooring, cabinetry, and  countertops from 1960's and make classroom ADA compliant
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Repair Steam Riser Insulation

Recover steam pipes with new insulation
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Replace Unit Ventilators

Replace and update unit ventilators
Replace and update unit ventilators
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Replace PA System

Make sure that every classroom can hear the intercom system for daily and emergency announcements
 
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Eliminate Water Infiltration Issues

Eliminate water infiltration issue from outdoor transformer to indoor main distribution
Eliminate water infiltration issue from outdoor transformer to indoor main distribution
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Provide Split System in Server Closet

Provide cooling to district computer server closet  
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Replace Spalling Concrete Stairs

Replace middle school bus entrance stairwell  
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Clean Out Swale Drainage System

Clean out swale drainage system by athletic fields
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Replace Elevated Receiving Dock

Replace receiving dock with safety features such as railings
Replace receiving dock with safety features such as railings
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Gymnasium Maintenance

Worn wall pads
Replace basketball backstops

Warped wood flooring
Warped wood flooring
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Correct Draining at Baseball Left Field

Correct drainage at baseball field
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Union Springs Central School District's
2019 Capital Project

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

Why did the Union Springs Board of Education consider this project?

Every year, the Board looks for ways to maintain and protect district assets, including buildings and facilities. Regular maintenance and repair helps prevent large-scale projects and reduces the taxpayer burden. Portions of the roof over the Middle School/High School have been closely monitored for several years, as their warranty expired in 2016; the Building Condition Survey indicated a need and a plan for replacement. The exterior masonry (brick) has areas that have noticeably deteriorated, and repair and repointing is necessary to preserve the exterior envelope of the building against the elements. Additionally, painting, drainage, plumbing and electrical improvements, heating systems, and security upgrades are needed to continue to ensure a safe learning environment for our students in the years ahead. Voters will vote on this project on May 21, 2019 as part of the annual budget vote.
 

Why do school district's propose capital projects to complete necessary work?

A capital project is funded predominantly by state building aid in order to enable school district's to invest in their facilities by making repairs, renovations, and updates necessary to ensure healthy and safe learning and  working environments for students and staff with much less of a financial burden on local taxpayers and school budgets. The items included in capital projects represent one-time expenditures that would be next to impossible to pay for out of the district’s annual operating budget, on which residents vote each May, so the state offers financial incentives in the form of state building aid for school districts to utlize. State building aid is only available on work completed as part of a capital project. USCSD receives approximately 78% of capital project costs in state building aid, which is a significant amount of money for the district and local taxpayers. Without a capital project, school districts would have to find ways to fund this work through annual operating budgets with no state building aid incentive, which would make the project cost prohibitive. A capital project is the most effective way to complete work of this scope.
 

Why can’t the items included in the proposed project be included in the annual school budget?

The district receives approximately 78% state building aid on all eligible capital project expenses, which means that 78% of approved expenditures will be paid by New York State. Not only could the district not afford to include the items in the proposed project in the annual budget, but the district would also forfeit eligibility for state building aid on the expenses.
 

Why did the Board of Education pursue this capital project?

The board pursued this project for several reasons:

• The district receives approximately 78% in building aid, which means that for every eligible dollar spent on a capital project, the district will receive 78 cents from New York State in the form of aid.
• The district will utilize the 2017 Capital Reserve Fund to cover the cost of the project. There is no bonding or borrowing of funds associated with this project.
• This project will allow for some much needed work to be done at a 0% additional increase on the tax levy!
• Delaying the work proposed in the capital project would end up costing the district and taxpayers more over the long run, as such the timing of this project presents considerable economic benefits.
• The items that have been identified as needing repair would continue to deteriorate, and renovations and repairs will end up costing more in the future.
• Without this project, the district may be obligated to use annual operating costs in order to maintain the facilities, making short-term repairs that are not cost-effective.
 

How can an $11,500,000 million project result in a 0% additional increase on the tax levy?

State building aid would pay for approximately 78% of the proposed project. Because of sound financial planning by the Board of Education, the district has these funds in the 2017 Capital Reserve Fund and does not need to borrow or bond for the project. The district simply needs voter authorization to spend the money already in the reserve, which results in a 0% additional increase on the tax levy.
 

What happens if bids for this work end up being more than $11,500,000 million?

The Board of Education can only spend up to the specific amount distict voters approve If bids end up being higher than originally anticipated, the district would need to scale back the extent of work in the capital project to stay within the authorized amount approved by voters.
 

How will the capital project affect the district’s annual budget?

The project would be paid for by the 2017 Capital Reserve Fund and New York State Aid, which can only be used to cover building projects. Therefore, the district does not anticipate any increases in costs associated with district operations or maintenance as a result of the capital project.
 

When will this capital project begin?

Work is anticipated to begin late in the 2020-2021 school year, depending on when the project receives New York State Education Department approval and will be phased to avoid disruption to student learning.
 

Why does a capital project process take so long?

Once voters approve a capital project, engineers and architects must prepare and submit complete construction plans and specifications to the State Education Department (SED) for approval. Currently, the state has a 44 to 46-week backlog for approving capital projects after voter approval.
 

Where can I get more information about this capital project?

There is a public forum scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Middle School/High School, 239 Cayuga St, Union Springs, NY 13160. All community members are welcome to attend and ask questions or state concerns regarding this project. If you are unable to attend or have additional questions, please call the Union Springs District Office at (315) 889-4101.


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Dr. Jarett S. Powers, Superintendent
239 Cayuga Street
Union Springs, New York 13160
Phone: 315 889-4101
Fax: 315 889-4108

www.unionspringscsd.org


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