The construction would likely begin in 2015. Knudson told the board that they should attempt to get a referendum in front of voters in December, but to do so would require a final plan by the end of October. The next board meeting is Oct. 16 and it is currently the last meeting scheduled for the month.
At the Elementary School on Walnut Street, the project would include replacing sidewalks and asphalt and expanding the front parking lot to include about 70 more spaces. The school bus loop would be separated from walking areas, and a drop off loop would be added on the other side of the lot from the bus loop. Outside lighting would be added with LED lights. A water line would be updated and fixed. New gym LED lighting would be installed. Gym locked would be repainted. Library carpeting would be replaced and the last known asbestos tiles in the school would be removed.
Several other projects at the Elementary School did not make the cut including, an upgrade to solar powered outside lights, replacement doors and a generator hook up for emergency services. Since the Elementary School is classified as an emergency shelter for Otsego County, it is possible the hook-up can be funded another way.
At the Middle/High School on Linden Avenue the project will include repaving the main parking lot and replacing sidewalks, converting the schools from fuel oil heating to propane and removing underground oil tanks, replacing the main water line from the school to the street hook up, replacing the hallway carpets, adding outside and gym LED lighting, adding a bathroom to the autism classroom and replacing the wooden gym bleachers with plastic, handicapped accessible, motorized bleachers.
Several projects at the Middle/High School did not make the cut including, an upgrade to solar powered outside lights, a new parking lot near the gym, repaving of the bus loop, a network of security cameras and turning the walkway between the two school buildings into a driveway.