Pulaski District announces $12M capital improvement project

The Pulaski Academy and Central School District Board of Education approved a resolution to bring capital improvement projects, totaling $12,081,100 to voters in a March 11 referendum vote.

Highlights of the project work will include: new energy efficient boilers in both schools; improvements to HVAC systems; upgrades to fire alarm, clock, phone and PA systems; renovations to building entrances to improve security and accessibility; upgrades to both auditoriums to include repairs and improvements to lights, sound and projection systems; upgrades to athletic fields including elementary track and soccer field drainage and surface improvements, baseball and softball infields, and major upgrades to football/track complex to include widening field to accommodate soccer, rebuilding and resurfacing of track, building of field to include artificial turf and installation of field lighting; upgrades to bus garage office and driver areas and installation of a new bus lift; and general maintenance and repair items in both buildings.

PACS Superintendent Dr. Marshall Marshall reports that state aid will pay for 85% of the project while 10% will come from existing payments of soon to be retired debt, leaving 5%, or a little over $41,000, in new local expense for the project.

This is an equivalent tax rate increase of .66%.

The capital project will yield a lot of improvements and upgrades for the money according to Marshall. “With upcoming debt retirement, increased aid for better security measures in the buildings, and high state aid return, the timing feels right to come before the voters with this project,” he said.

A public information session is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the Lura Sharp Elementary School Cafeteria.

The Capital Project vote is set for Tuesday, March 11th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eligible voters can cast their ballot at the elementary school in the band room.

For more information, visit the districts website or contact Dr. Marshall at 298-5188.