Press-Republican

March 3, 2013

Salmon River Central upgrades up for vote

By DENISE A. RAYMO
Press-Republican

---- — BOMBAY — The second half of a $70 million renovation and upgrade at Salmon River Central School goes before voters in March.

The $36.6 million project includes a redesign of the Elementary School, expansion and roof replacement of the bus garage, installation of electronic security measures and overall energy-efficiency upgrades to the boilers, lighting, flooring and windows.

Building tours will be conducted from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday allowing residents to see existing conditions. A public-information session will follow at 7 p.m. in the High School auditorium to review the renovation plans.

Voting will be from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in the auditorium.

Superintendent Jane Collins described the overall project in a newsletter to the community.

“The health and safety of our students and staff is always a priority,” she said. “The ability to upgrade and maintain our facilities to ensure an environment that is safe and secure is of the utmost importance.

“This capital-improvement project will help us achieve that goal.”

FIRST PHASE COMPLETE

School Board officials determined in 2008 that the district needed about $70 million in improvements. But because state aid would cover only a portion of the cost, they divided the projects into two phases.

The first phase created the Middle School, renovated and added classrooms at the Elementary School and improved the art and music departments. 

A softball field and soccer/lacrosse field were also added.

Phase 2 would move kindergarten classrooms to the interior of the building rather than leave them close to the entrance, and open classrooms would see walls added to return them to more traditional learning space, the newsletter states.

Elementary students would also have improved library and computer lab space.

SCHOOL BOARD VOTE

The project would also include a new school lobby with updated security, new exterior doors and smaller windows in classroom doors, aimed at “restricting intruder access.”

The High School gymnasium would have flooring, ventilation and seating improved, and there would be a fitness center and indoor track created that would be open to the community.

The Middle School and High School would each see classrooms updated, more locker space added and improvement to stairwells and hallways.

When they vote on the building project, residents will also be asked to elect a School Board member to replace Stacy Skidders, who resigned.

The term is from March 30, 2013, to June 30, 2014.

Email Denise A. Raymo:

draymo@pressrepublican.com