Press-Republican

August 12, 2013

Plattsburgh City School to undergo facilities survey

By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City School District is undergoing a survey to assess the condition of its facilities. 

The project, according to Superintendent of Schools James “Jake” Short,  is mandated by the State Education Department, which requires that all public schools have a five-year building-condition survey on file. 

“The condition survey is a review of facilities that marks the general condition of building infrastructure and allows districts to plan for future maintenance needs,” he told the Press-Republican in an email. 

“In addition, this survey allows the State Education Department to monitor general building conditions and project capital-improvement needs.”

FIELD WORK DONE

After requesting proposals for the project last spring, the City School awarded the job to Mosaic Associates Architects, an Albany-based architecture firm that has worked with the district, as well as other public schools, in the past. 

“Their final report is not completed yet, but the field work of inspecting buildings and meeting with the maintenance department is done,” Short said. 

The final report will address a wide range of areas, he noted, including air heating and cooling systems, roofs, structural integrity and basic wear of finishes in City School facilities. 

“After having had the opportunity to work with the district several years ago on renovations and an addition to the High School, we are excited to work with them again to develop this forward-thinking plan,” project leader and Mosaic Architects associate partner John Jojo said in a media release. 

SEPARATE STUDIES

The building-condition survey is not related to the district’s upcoming building-use and shared-services studies, which will be conducted by Syracuse-based education consulting firm Castallo and Silky.

While the building-use study will examine how district facilities — Momot, Bailey Avenue and Oak Street elementary schools, Stafford Middle School, Plattsburgh High School and the Duken Administration Building — might be best utilized for cost effectiveness and future enrollment projections, the shared-services study will look for areas of potential collaboration between Plattsburgh City and Beekmantown Central schools. 

Though neither study has kicked off yet, Short said, the district is compiling preliminary data.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meetings regarding the building-use project will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The first gathering will be used to discuss the City School’s overall organization, enrollment projections and attendance zones, according to Short, and the second, to look at curriculum, instruction and special education as they relate to buildings. 

The location of the meetings, which are open to the public, will be announced at a later date. 

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com