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October 13, 2013

Capital project wrapping up at BCSD

BEEKMANTOWN — Beekmantown Central School recently saw the substantial completion of its $6.6 million capital project.

Funded primarily by state aid and an EXCEL grant, the work approved by residents in 2008 included health, safety and energy improvements.

Initial work included extensive roofing, asbestos abatement and mechanical-system upgrades in both the K-through-12 building on Route 22 and Cumberland Head Elementary School, as well as the installation of a new emergency generator in the K-through-12 building.

The new generator replaced a smaller unit, which was relocated to Cumberland Head, providing both buildings the capability of remaining operational in the event of a power outage, according to Garrett Hamlin of Tetra Tech, the international architectural firm in charge of the project.

$1 MILLION SURPLUS

Due to great fiscal management by the district and the architect, noted Beekmantown Central Superintendent Daniel Mannix, BCSD had about $1 million of project funds remaining after completion and consulted its five-year capital facilities plan to determine how to spend the remaining money.

The School Board and administrators, he said, decided to initiate a second phase to address the highest-priority items on the facilities plan.

“That’ll be a big help to the district in maintaining their facilities,” Hamlin said.

Phase 2, substantially completed just before classes began this fall, included additional asbestos abatement at both the K-through-12 building and Cumberland Head Elementary.

Over the summer, Cumberland Head School also received a fuel tank upgrade, safety improvements, a new grease trap in the kitchen and air conditioning in the server closet.

WATER-SYSTEM WORK

And on the main educational campus, summer vacation was used to replace doors, install new lighting and improve heat flow and ventilation in classrooms and install required secondary exits in locker rooms.

Structural repairs were also made to a wall in Beekmantown Elementary’s all-purpose room.

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