Capital Improvement Project

On September 19, 2017, the Fort Ann Board of Education asked voters to consider a $3.69 million project. The community of Fort Ann voted to approve the building project. Download PDF of Budget Newsletter: Capital Improvement Project Newsletter

PROJECTED TIMELINE
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FUNDING

The project will be funded through the use of New York State Building Aid, unappropriated fund balance, and the issuance of serial bonds. By scheduling the new debt service payments to coincide with retiring debt service payments, the net local share of the project will result in no additional tax impact. 



IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE


INFASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

Reconstruct pavement for drainage

Add drainage piping at rear entrance

Fix water infiltration in basement

Replace hot water heaters

Slate roofing reconstruction

Exterior woodwork reconstruction and flashing

Replace gym doors and hardware and exterior doors

Replace roof of bus garage

Replace main furnace and air handling unit in bus garage

•      Renovate bus garage

INFASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

Renovate main parking lot and bus loop

Add Emergency generator

Add Fuel Tank monitor leak detection in bus garage

•      Upgrade public address system

•      Reconstruct exterior gym stairs

•      Add landing at rear exterior of band and tech rooms

LIGHTING IMPROVEMENTS

Replace six electrical panels

Replace gym lighting and add switches

Upgrade lighting fixtures in bus garage

Upgrade emergency/exit lighting in bus garage


ENHANCEMENTS TO LEARNING SPACES

Renovate special education classroom restroom so it is handicap accessible

Relocate Fitness room 

Repurpose old fitness center into Makerspace

Upgrade sound system in auditorium

•      Install new bleachers in old gym

•      Add air conditioning to High School computer lab


BUS LOOP & DRAINAGE 


The proposed Capital Improvement Project seeks to relocate the bus loop from the rear entrance of the school to the front of the main entrance to improve safety and solve several drainage issues that are having a negative impact on the building. 


The pavement in the rear parking lot was not intended for the weight of school buses, and as a result, the asphalt is failing. The parking lot in front of the school was built for bus traffic, so the architects have recommended a new configuration that will make the best use of our infrastructure.  


The parking lot in front of the main entrance to the school would be redesigned for a peel-away staging zone for the buses. Bus drivers will park on a diagonal in a designated slip, and children will know which slip their bus is in every day. Exiting the parking lot will not require drivers to use reverse. 


Between the new bus staging area and the visitor parking lot, there will be a concrete and grass buffer with drainage mechanisms. Approximately 20 parking spaces will be relocated in two areas: the front parking lot will be enlarged (almost as an extension of Catherine Street), and new spaces will be created in the rear parking lot. The existing catch basin in the front parking lot will get a new inlet, and an additional catch basin will be installed. This will prevent water from pooling near the main entrance to the school. Potholes and cracked pavement will be repaired in the front parking lot. 


The parking lot at the rear entrance will be re-graded to slope away from the school building. Water has been seeping under the door and down the stairs, ruining the metal stairwell and causing damage to items stored in the basement. A new catch basin will be installed at the rear corner of the building, which will tie into existing lines. Another new catch basin will be installed near the exterior band room stairs, and the storm drain system will be extended along the edge of the fields to an outlet at the edge of the property. 


Existing pavement and striping near the back of the High School entrance will remain as is, but the damaged areas will receive full-depth asphalt replacement and striping.  


UPDATES

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