FULTON – Recently, the Fulton City School District Board of Education approved a resolution to bring capital improvement projects, totaling $15.1 million, to voters in a May 21 referendum vote.
This will be concurrent with the vote for the 2019-20 school budget, said Brian Pulvino, superintendent of schools.
A summary of the project will be included as part of the public hearing for the budget at 6 p.m., May 8, at Fulton Junior High School, 129 Curtis St, Fulton.
“If this is approved we will be able to start the process of design and New York State Education Department approvals immediately, with the goal to begin work in 2020,” said Pulvino.
“Because 99.9 percent of the cost will be covered by state aid and the District’s Capital Reserve Fund, there will be no tax increase to cover these costs. Pulvino emphasized, “Making these improvements now will save our district taxpayers the expense of having to include them as part of a future school budget without the benefit of state aid.”
The project will include safety, security, infrastructure, and facility improvements at all district schools, including the Education Center.
For example, Pulvino said, “Security improvements will ensure that all visitors to our schools will be entering two sets of double doors as they are checked in to the building using the Raptor security system which will be implemented in September 2019.”
At G. Ray Bodley High School, a number of measures will improve building security and systems. Among these are: modifications to the main office vestibule to locate visitors within an expanded, secure space; replace existing corroded and failing doors and frames at select locations; and upgrades to fire alarms.
In addition, major improvements to the athletic complex include: replacement of the 10-year-old synthetic turf field which will be replaced at the latter part of the project to maximize state aid; reconstruction and recoating the existing track; adding railings to bleacher aisles; replacement of the roof of the athletic complex building which houses locker rooms, restroom facilities, and the concession stand; and installation of a fiber optic line to the building to enable live broadcasting of events.
At Fulton Junior High School, parking and student drop-off will be improved by reconstructing access to the south parking lot and expanding the east parking lot drop off area. This will create a one-way loop for visitors to drop off students at the building and exit without encountering the current congestion caused by two-way traffic. In addition, sidewalks and curbs would be replaced, and the main office suite will be renovated to improve security at the main entrance.
At Granby Elementary School, the west parking lot will be reconstructed within the loop and parking will be expanded to include a new lot at the east bus loop. Upgrades would be made to the fire alarm system, and the main office suite would be renovated to improve security at the building’s entrance. In addition, pool entrance security would be improved, and the pool’s air handling units would be replaced to improve ventilation.
At Lanigan Elementary School, the main office, nurse’s office, and psychologist’s office would be renovated to improve security at the building’s entrance; drop off and parking would be reconfigured to improve traffic flow, by relocation and reconstruction of the basketball court, and masonry would be repointed on the chimney and the 1957 wing due to previous ice damage.
At Volney Elementary School the bus loop would be reconstructed, including the front entry walks and curbs; a handicap accessible parking area would be constructed off of the bus loop; and a new parent drop-off lane would be created adjacent to the east parking lot. In addition, the main office entrance would be renovated to create a secure vestibule at that point of entry, and the gymnasium floor would be replaced.
At Fairgrieve Elementary School renovations would be made to improve security at the main entrance; the existing gymnasium wood floors would be refinished; a set of restroom facilities will be renovated and a large portion of the 1949 building’s water distribution system would be replaced.
At the Education Center, the roof would be replaced, as would the existing handicap accessibility lift at the main entrance.
All components of the project will need the approval of the New York State Education Dept. Details of the proposed projects will be available on the District’s website (www.fulton.cnyric.org), in each school building, and through local presentations
For more information, contact Pulvino at 593-5510.