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February 24, 2014

City School prepares to lease some Duken space

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“I think it’s probably more prudent to fix some major capital areas ... so we don’t compound our problems by moving in at the same time,” he said.

Separate from the building-use study, Mosaic Associates Architects recently completed a state-mandated building-conditions survey to assess City School’s future maintenance needs.

The study identified an array of work that needs to be done, including replacement of the High School roof.

“I don’t suggest we vacate the rest of this (Duken) Building at the same time (as) trying to do the repair of the High School roof because we may have to relocate classrooms while the roof is being replaced,” Short said.

However, once maintenance needs are addressed, he noted, “we might be able to completely vacate this building.”

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Though Mosaic Associates pointed out several million dollars worth of capital work within the district, Short said, “there’s a large amount of that work that can be done by our own maintenance group; in fact, they’ve already started.”

Other items could potentially be funded by state building aid, he said.

But larger endeavors, such as the roof replacement, asbestos abatement and improvements to heat-management systems within the district, call for a capital project that would require taxpayer approval.

The school, Short noted, would also need to secure an engineering architect firm and get state approval for such a project. It likely wouldn’t be ready to put before voters until August or September.

The superintendent recommended the board’s facilities subcommittee begin looking into requesting proposals from interested architect firms and speak with the district’s attorney about crafting a lease agreement for the Duken space.

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com

NEXT MEETING The Plattsburgh City School Board will meet next at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Duken Building. Agenda items include a presentation on bond rates and the potential impact of a capital project.

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