CCS super pushes for $5M capital project

Greg Klein |The Daily StarCooperstown Central School Superintendent Bill Crankshaw speaks Wednesday, Nov. 13, about the school’s capital project during an information session at the middle/high school at 39 Linden Ave. in the town of Otsego.

Cooperstown Central School Superintendent William Crankshaw continued to make the case for the community to approve a capital project totaling an estimated $5.163 million at a information session Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the middle/high school at 39 Linden Avenue in the town of Otsego.

Crankshaw said the project was designed to have “no added tax imposition and to keep our debt load consistent, as well.”

About 25 people attended the 30-minute information session in the school cafeteria. They asked no questions, but seemed interested in Crankshaw’s slide presentation, which gave lengthy details on the parts of the project.

Crankshaw divided up the project in a couple of ways, breaking out the changes by building, and also dividing the improvements between infrastructure and programming. He said he sought balance in both divisions.

About $70,000 in the project is going to improvements at the bus garage, he said, with $2.726 million going to improvements at the elementary school at 21 Walnut St. in the village of Cooperstown and $2.367 million going to improvements at the middle/high school.

“It is an estimate,” Crankshaw said. “There is a lot that has to happen now. Once the voters decide, we will enter the design phase.”

The middle/high school improvements include a refurbished track at Paul Lambert Field and a renovated baseball field on Linden Avenue, with dugouts and a new backstop.

“It is a point of pride to repair that (field) and make it what it needs to be,” Crankshaw said.

There will also be drainage work done on the Lambert 2 field, on the throwing and pit area of the track and in the band/chorus room. There will also be a few areas getting new asphalt.

Lighting will be updated throughout both buildings, including upgrading to LED lighting, which Crankshaw estimated will save the district about $18,000 a year in expenses.

“Lighting is a strong constant in this package,” he said. “We are going to bring the elementary school into the LED era.”

There will be a new media center circulation desk in the middle/high school library.

In the elementary school, the gym will be redesigned to make greater use of the space, allow for athletic competitions and to “expand up,” Crankshaw said. There will be new offices, locker rooms and bleachers. Crankshaw said the new configuration would allow for modified games and also for volleyball competitions.

The project’s funding would come from a bond taken out as a previous project’s bond expires. Crankshaw said it is important to remember such projects get reimbursed by state education payments at a high rate.

The vote will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the middle/high school at 39 Linden Avenue in the town of Otsego.

Greg Klein, staff writer, can be reached at gklein@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7218.

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