District’s capital plan due soon

JOHNSTOWN -The Greater Johnstown School District’s consultant for a planned large district capital project continues to assemble information the district needs to put before the voters in the fall, officials said.

The district hasn’t assembled a list of planned projects yet, but they will involve many “health and safety” issues, Superintendent Robert DeLilli said Wednesday. He said the consulting firm – CS Arch of Albany – is hard at work.

“They’re still in the information-gathering stage,” DeLilli said.

A report on the proposed capital plan was recently given at a district Board of Education meeting at Johnstown High School.

DeLilli said the district is looking at an overall capital plan to address problems at district buildings. He said parking is an “issue” at the high school, and some alternatives to the current layout of the campus could be part of the final plan.

More information on the proposed capital plan may be made public at the board’s next meeting, at 6 p.m. June 12 at the JHS Performing Arts Center.

The district does not yet know how much the project will cost, but it is expected to be in the millions of dollars. 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.

In other board business:

The board accepted a $5,000 donation to the district from town of Johnstown water bottling firm C.G. Roxane for five scholarships of $1,000 each for Johnstown High School students. According to a news release issued by the district, plant representative Bill Galster presented the check. The company attached no criteria to its donation, so graduating JHS students will be picked by school administrators based on merit.

“The district appreciates the generosity of C.G. Roxane, which will directly benefit students aspiring to higher education,” DeLilli said in the release.

The board also accepted a $1,500 donation from the Warren Street Elementary School PTA, and a $2,264 donation from the Pleasant Avenue Elementary School PTA. Those donations are intended to help defray the costs of field trips at the schools.