Oswego School District Moves Ahead With Lighting Project

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept the low bid for a lighting contract.

CPS Electric of Oswego was awarded the bid “for a total amount not to exceed $268,000.”

A $5,000 allowance has been included by the contractor in the base bid amount. King and King Architects recommended another $10,000 (approximately 5 percent of the construction cost) be held as construction contingency for any unforeseen items that may be encountered through the course of the project.

The project entails work at the high school pool and gym as well as the Leighton Elementary School gym.

Also Tuesday night, in between the three committee meetings and regular board meeting, a public hearing on the district’s proposed $76.6 million budget for 2012-13 was convened.

It was closed seconds later as no one came to speak.

The board approved the superintendent’s tentative spending plan at its April 17 meeting; Tuesday’s public hearing was mandated by state law.

The public vote on the budget is set for May 15.

Besides the budget, voters will also elect two members to the school board.

Four candidates are seeking the two open seats.

Incumbent Tom DeCastro is seeking re-election. Also in the running are former board member Sean Madden, Fran Zaryski and Lynda Sereno.

Incumbent Fran Hoefer decided not to run again.

Voters will also be asked to approve replacing 10 buses – eight 66-passenger buses, one 60-passenger wheelchair bus, and one 31-passenger bus for a total of $999,952.

They will also be asked to approve allowing the district to spend up to $15 million on a capital improvement project.

The lion’s share of the work will be roof replacement and HVAC work at three elementary schools. The high school and middle school will also have work done.

More information can be found on the district’s web site: http://www.oswego.org/news.cfm?story=970