Work on B-P capital project finished

BROADALBIN – Broadalbin-Perth Central?School District Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said the $2.1 million capital project, approved by the public earlier this year, has been completed.

“The capital project has essentially come to an end,” Tomlinson told the Board of Education at its meeting?Monday.

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

“The construction company did a very good job and the roof looks good,” said district Director of Operations and Safety Mike Carney. “I think we are going to have a good system up there for the next 20 to 30 years.”

The project also included plans for technology infrastructure upgrades and a small portion of the project paid for district-wide wireless Internet access.

The project included no increase in the tax levy.

Budget work

District Treasurer and School Business Administrator Marco Zumbolo presented the board with the first draft of the 2014-15 operations budget, which has a 6 percent increase over the 2013-14 budget. According to documents from the meeting, the increase amounts to $255,917 in total appropriations. The adopted budget had an operations budget of $4.2 million, while this year’s projected budget is $4.5 million.

Zumbolo said this is simply the first step of the budget process with some of the expected increases accounted for, but the district won’t know where it really stands until later in the process.