B-P voters OK capital project

BROADALBIN-Broadalbin-Perth Central School District residents voted Tuesday in favor of the $2.1 million capital project that includes no increase in the tax levy.

According to a news release from the district, the voters were in favor of the capital project by a 328-97 vote.

“I am very appreciative of the members of the Broadalbin-Perth community for overwhelmingly passing this project and trusting the work in the project is important for us to move forward with protecting our schools, and moving forward with educating our students by using technology,” District Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said this morning.

The project’s primary focus will be to repair the roofing at the high school and the Perth building. The project also will allow the district to acquire about 40 acres of land adjacent to the middle school to eventually use for additional parking.

The district will use $1.65 million to replace the roof over a wing of the high school?- which includes the cafeteria, English, math, social studies, and foreign language classrooms -?and the main building at the Perth site, which houses most of the middle school classrooms.

The last time these sections of roof were replaced was 1995, officials said.

Tomlinson said because the roofs are out of warranty, the repair costs have been extremely expensive. The new roof will fix the problem and ensure the problem remains fixed with a 15-year warranty.

The project also includes plans for technology infrastructure upgrades and permission to acquire the necessary equipment, machinery and apparatus required to complete the work.

A small portion of the project will go toward district-wide wireless Internet access to accompany and get the full value of the million dollar grants the district was awarded last year.

B-P received a $465,832 grant from the state Education Department’s Virtual Advanced Placement Program. The grant gives students the option of preparing for the AP exam outside of class time through a virtual curriculum.

The district also received a Management Efficiency Competitive grant. The district plans to use the grant to purchase classroom technology, including tablets and laptops.

Officials said about $450,000 of the project funds will be used to update the district’s technology infrastructure. The current system was installed in 1998 and is about seven years past its useful lifespan, officials said.

The district also will install about 120 wireless Internet access points throughout its school building.

Officials said state building aid would cover 81.3 percent of the project cost and the district would use $321,629 in EXCEL money and the rest will come from the debt-service reserve to offset the local share of the project.

Tomlinson said he has been working with financial consultants and architects already to begin the bid process for the roof work. He also said the technology piece of the project will begin in the spring and the roof will be started and completed during the summer.

“It will be done by the time the students return in September,” Tomlinson said.