PLATTSBURGH — Voters on Tuesday approved the first capital project for Champlain Valley Educational Services in more than three decades.
The $29.85 million project got the OK from 72 percent of voters with a tally of 1,252 to 493, including absentee and onsite ballots, Chief Election Inspector Meaghan Rabideau said in a press release.
Voters weighed in on paper ballots at CVES's 17 component schools around Clinton, Essex, Washington and Warren counties, some traveling on snowy roads as darkness fell.
The project was developed after an extensive evaluation of facilities performed by CVES with input by architects and engineers and compiled in a building conditions survey, as required by the state every five years, and then the findings of a Facilities Advisory Committee assembled over the course of 12 months.
The first priority, CVES officials have said, was safety and security of students and staff.
Building entrances, video surveillance, school bus safety and traffic flow are among the improvements.
The roof and heating-ventilation-air-conditioning rooftop units will be replaced at the main campus.
Among projects on the Mineville campus are replacement of windows and doors and an upgrade to an outdoor educational area.
The project also includes purchase of the Satellite Campus in Plattsburgh and relocation there of the Instructional Services Center, eliminating $260,000 in lease costs annually.
“I wish to thank the voters of the CVES BOCES service area for approving this important investment in the future of our students and endorsement of CVES’ continued strong partnership with our component school districts, local businesses and surrounding communities," CVES District Superintendent Dr. Mark Davey said in the release.
The improvements, he said, will "provide enhanced educational opportunities for our students, CVES staff and component district personnel."
The timeline for the project includes the design phase next, according to a CVES capital project newsletter, beginning in 2019 and continuing through much of the year.
State Education Department approval is expected in late 2019 or early 2020, with the project going out to bid next.
Construction is to start in spring 2020, with completion by the end of 2022.
“We have been working diligently for the past three years to design a capital improvement project that will allow CVES to prepare our students to meet their educational goals and to provide multiple pathways for entering the workforce, post-secondary education and successful careers in a safe, well-maintained environment," CVES Board President Larry Barcomb said.
"This project was long overdue; the last major one occurred in 1985.
"I wish to thank the voters for sharing and supporting our vision for the future of CVES.”
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