June 16, 2014

City School plans $9M renovation

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh City School District has begun planning a multi-million-dollar capital project to address pressing building needs.

District officials met with the Watertown-based architectural and engineering firm Bernier, Carr & Associates to identify the project's scope.

“We sat and we outlined the most critical first areas to work on, and I would even go as far as to say it’s emergency level," City School Superintendent James "Jake" Short told attendees of a recent School Board meeting.

One such area is the High School roof, which, he noted, "is in absolute dire need of repair and replacement," especially after the damage it endured this past winter.

"We thought we had more time, but this winter did it in," Short said.

The goal, he continued, is to secure voter approval for the project by Aug. 12.

“That will allow us to fix the High School roof before winter or at least the majority of the roof," Short said.

In total, the work is estimated to cost about $9 million and would involve other areas of concern recently identified by Mosaic Associates Architects in the district's state-mandated building-conditions survey.

This includes the installation of door-access security at the High School, which, Short noted, is the only school building lacking that feature.


“We also recognize from the report that the Middle School roof is vintage, it’s original, it has never been repaired, and it’s quite aged," Short said.

"We do not want it to get to the level of the High School roof, so we have called out to do roof replacement at the Middle School.”

Other work at that building would include the replacement of problematic and deteriorating windows and the addition of an entry canopy to provide basic weather coverage for students. 

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