Fonda-Fultonville prepares for renovation projects

FONDA – The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District is putting together a capital project for repairs to buildings and grounds.

“We are looking to possibly put together a construction project,” Buildings and Grounds Committee member Carey Shultz said at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. “There are a lot of repairs that need to be done. We haven’t done anything in over 10 years in the district. We are slowly talking to architects now to get a feel of what the costs are.”

Shultz said the school district is looking at four pages of needed repairs and updates.

Some of the work would include replacing 33 air-handling units that are about 30 years old, updating electrical panels, replacing carpet, updating an electrical unit and repaving certain areas.

“A lot of the technology we have is quite old and pretty inefficient compared to some technology out there now, so it’s not all repairs; a lot of this project consists of updates,” Shultz said.

Shultz said the cost of the project could range from $12.5 million to $20 million.

“We’re still trying to figure out what the district can afford,” he said.

Shultz said the state reimburses the district, on average, 90 cents for every dollar spent. For a $1 million project, the state would pay for $900,000 and the district would come up with $100,000.

“We’re looking to see what savings we have so that there’s no impact on the taxpayer,” he said.

He said as the district gets deeper into the project, more information will be available.

District Superintendent Ray Colucciello said the district will have the opportunity in mid-December to talk to architectural firms about the project.

“We’ll have the opportunity to hear from different firms and see what’s new out in the field,” Colucciello said.

He said he thinks it would be a smart decision for the district to listen to different firms as the district moves forward with the project.

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