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Fulton Board of Education Approves Resolution For District $3.85 Million EXCEL Capital Projects

Recently, the Fulton City School District Board of Education approved a resolution to bring two capital improvement projects, totaling $3.85 million, to voters in a Dec. 9, 2009 referendum vote, said William Lynch, superintendent of schools. The projects would use state building aid and EXCEL (Expanding our Children’s Education and Learning) aid to complete a number of upgrades and repairs that were not able to be included in the current $23.7 million capital project under way right now.

“The New York State EXCEL (Expanding our Children’s Education and Learning) program—which may no longer be available to districts in the near future—encompasses improvements at all district school buildings,” Lynch said. “Specifically, these two additional projects would include the replacement of the two original boilers at G. Ray Bodley High School, rewiring and technology upgrades at Fulton Junior High School, Volney, Granby and Lanigan elementary schools, security upgrades at all schools and the Fulton Education Center, and roof replacement at the Jr. high school and part of Fairgrieve Elementary. Replacing the boilers and roofing with state aid allows us to make these improvements now and saves our district taxpayers the expense of having to include it as part of a future school budget without the benefit of state aid.

“Proposition #1 ($2.75 million) would be funded by EXCEL aid. The district expects there will be no local share. Voters are being asked to approve the project and the use of EXCEL funds. Instead of incurring long term debt, however, the district would be reimbursed by the state during the project.”

Highlights of Proposition #1 are:

• Replacement of G. Ray Bodley High School Boilers installed when school was built in 1965. Despite repairs and control upgrades, reliability of these boilers has been a growing concern. Replacing these with more efficient models will result in improved heating and lower energy and maintenance costs.

• Security upgrades at all schools and the Education Center. Among the measures that would be implemented are entry access control, expanded camera network and recording equipment, additional exterior lighting, and extended intrusion detection systems. These protect both the district’s facilities and students, Lynch said.

Replacing these 44-year-old boilers at G. Ray Bodley High School is just one of the improvements included in the Fulton School District’s proposed $3.85 million EXCEL capital projects. “The project would also include rewiring and technology upgrades at Fulton Junior High School, Volney, Granby and Lanigan elementary schools, security upgrades at all schools and the Fulton Education Center, and roof replacement at the Jr. high school and part of Fairgrieve Elementary,” said William Lynch, superintendent of schools. “The projects would be completely funded using state building aid and EXCEL (Expanding our Children’s Education and Learning) aid to complete a number of upgrades and repairs that were not able to be included in the current $23.7 million capital project under way right now. Very little, if any cost, would be local.” Lynch said that details of the proposed projects will be available on the district’s website www.fulton.cnyric.org, in each school building, through local presentations, and at a public hearing scheduled for 7 pm., Nov. 18 at G. Ray Bodley High School. The vote for the projects is Dec. 9, 2009.
Replacing these 44-year-old boilers at G. Ray Bodley High School is just one of the improvements included in the Fulton School District’s proposed $3.85 million EXCEL capital projects. “The project would also include rewiring and technology upgrades at Fulton Junior High School, Volney, Granby and Lanigan elementary schools, security upgrades at all schools and the Fulton Education Center, and roof replacement at the Jr. high school and part of Fairgrieve Elementary,” said William Lynch, superintendent of schools. “The projects would be completely funded using state building aid and EXCEL (Expanding our Children’s Education and Learning) aid to complete a number of upgrades and repairs that were not able to be included in the current $23.7 million capital project under way right now. Very little, if any cost, would be local.” Lynch said that details of the proposed projects will be available on the district’s website www.fulton.cnyric.org, in each school building, through local presentations, and at a public hearing scheduled for 7 pm., Nov. 18 at G. Ray Bodley High School. The vote for the projects is Dec. 9, 2009.

• Rewire and upgrade the technology infrastructure in buildings not addressed in the 2007 EXCEL project: Fulton Jr. High School, Volney, Granby, Lanigan. The electrical service at the junior high would also be upgraded. Among the infrastructure improvements are replacement of outdated switches, greater data capacity for classroom and support computer applications

The second Project, Proposition #2 ($1.1 million), covers roofing for the Fulton Junior High and part of Fairgrieve that was removed from the 2007 EXCEL project due to cost. The State Education Department has already approved this roofing. Ninety-eight percent of this funding will come from state building aid and 2% will come from EXCEL aid. Very little, if any cost, would be local.

Lynch said that 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, through local presentations, and at a public hearing scheduled for 7 pm., Nov. 18 at G. Ray Bodley High School.

For information, contact board president, Robert Ireland, at 598-3919 or Lynch at 593-5510.