District capital project progresses

JOHNSTOWN – The Greater Johnstown School District continues to work with its architect on a possible major capital project that may be headed to a referendum in November.

The city school district is trying to design a possible districtwide facility capital improvement project. The district is looking at extensive roof work at city schools, among other work.

Superintendent Robert DeLilli reported to the Board of Education Wednesday night at Knox Junior High School that the school system is working on an ongoing basis with CS Arch of Albany. The firm has been making the rounds at several buildings in recent months, doing what DeLilli referred to as “walk-throughs” to assess elements of what is expected to be a large capital project.

“They look at different aspects of the project,” DeLilli said.

The district doesn’t have a specific list of project items completed yet; they will be figured out as the district works with the firm.

CS Arch was expected to visit Knox Junior High School this past week, according to district Director of Facilities and Operations Leo Loveless.

In particular, DeLilli said the design firm has been studying heating-ventilation-air conditioning systems, plumbing and walkways at the district buildings. He said the overall project could end up being a “large undertaking” for the district. He said items such as roof infrastructure work are a “high priority” in the project.

“I think the [capital project] system is moving along,” the superintendent said.

The district may be putting a proposed capital project to the voters for a referendum in November.

The district does not yet know how much the project will cost, but it is expected to be in the millions of dollars. About 15 percent to 20 percent of the cost of the capital project is for the architect and engineer, as well as a fiscal adviser.

Capital projects could be 90 percent to 95 percent funded by state aid. Capital projects must be approved by the state Education Department.

The district’s last major capital project took place in the mid- to late 2000s. That project included building a new auditorium at Johnstown High School and adding synthetic turf at Knox Field.

CS Arch is expected to update district officials at the next meeting of the Board of Education’s Facilities Committee at 6 p.m. May 8 at Johnstown High School.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.