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Sandy Creek Schools continues discussion on a future capital improvement project

At its March 27 meeting, the Sandy Creek Central School District Board of Education heard a presentation from the district’s architectural firm SEI Design Group. SEI was given the district’s Building Condition Survey to form the basis of their next project.

The BCS prioritizes facility infrastructure trends to be used for future planning. In combination with the BCS, the board of education, along with administration, gave SEI additional areas of concern that they would like addressed.

The district would not be adding additional instructional classroom space as declining enrollments do not necessitate that.

However, the infrastructure from the last major building project (circa 1999) is more than 15 years of age. The district has started to experience failures in mechanical units and deterioration of surfaces (roofs/floors) and equipment. There are also health and safety issues that need to be addressed; items such as the extreme temperatures of classrooms in the fall and spring and an outdated security camera system.

Underground fuel tanks have outlived their useful life of 30 years and need to be replaced.

The BCS also determined that the bus garage is in drastic need of repair. That fact combined with the mandatory removal of the fuel tanks and the existing safety hazards of our shared facility; the board of education is exploring the concept of building a new transportation garage on the 25 acre parcel the district owns on the northwest corner of Caster Road and Route 11 in the town of Sandy Creek.

With the conceptual movement of the bus garage off campus, the current area that the bus garage and lot occupies could become non-wetland area for future athletic venue expansion.

The board of education is currently investigating the possibilities of an outdoor track with a properly drained natural grass surface playing field in the middle.

Much of this plan would depend on New York State aid availability and the capacity to use their capital reserves with little or no impact to the taxpayer.

As the district progresses through the conceptual design and affordability development they will update the community.