Message from the Superintendent . . .
Capital Improvement Project Update
A great deal of work has gone into the planning for the capital improvement project that our community approved last year, beginning with our five year facilities planning and prioritizing the work that we would complete in this project. Along with our $12.6 million dollar project we also have a smaller capital outlay project of new bleachers in the high school gym that will be completed this spring. Included in our 2018-2019 budget is another capital outlay project to build a controlled entry in the middle school. These capital outlay projects are an efficient way to keep our buildings up to date as they generate state aid having little impact to our local budget.
The major project will be completed in two phases, with phase I work starting this spring. In the first phase, we will be repairing and replacing all of the pavement at the high school, middle school, and elementary school. While this is not the most exciting part of the project our parking lots and driveways are in dire need of repair. The more exciting work will be done in phase II of the project. Many of our classrooms will receive a much needed face lift. The auditorium at the high school will receive new seating, carpeting, and the middle school auditorium will be getting new curtains. The soccer field will be updated with a new storage building, scoreboard, dugouts, stands, a press box and track resurfacing. The elementary school will receive many interior updates including a new PA system, carpeting, windows and doors, as well as some improvements to outside curbing and walkways.
We appreciate your support in this work and hope to see you at our May 15th budget vote. In this edition of the What’s Happening you will find many details of our proposed 2018-2019 budget. We have managed to maintain a minimal budget to budget increase of just 2.2% while keeping the tax increase to less than 1.5%. We always strive to build a budget that is aligned with the Board of Education’s goals and be both educationally and fiscally sound.
I wish you all a safe and restful summer.
Superintendent, Williamson Central Schools