Capital plan tour Friday in district

JOHNSTOWN – Greater Johnstown School District officials Friday will review district buildings, as they consider paring down tens of millions of dollars worth of possible future capital projects.

Based on district input, architectural firm CS Arch of Albany compiled a comprehensive list of potential capital plan improvements at all buildings that may go before district voters in the fall. At this point, the firm says the list contains projects costing between $22 million and $45 million. The list was released to the Board of Education on July 17.

The list included projects such as roof replacements, bathroom renovations and new kitchen equipment among the district’s two secondary schools, three elementary schools and Jansen School.

But district officials say that list will be cut, and more work is planned this week.

“There’s going to be a walk-through with the architects on Friday,” board President Paul VanDenburgh said Tuesday.

VanDenburgh said district officials and the board’s Facilities/Capital Project Committee will again be touring buildings to prioritize a list of capital projects to place into one proposed capital plan. The committee consists of board members Scott Miller, Kathy Dougherty and Kathy Zajicek.

The Facilities/Capital Project Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Johnstown High School to mull proposed projects.

VanDenburgh said the full, nine-member board will make all final decisions on what goes into the capital plan that will be presented to voters in a fall referendum.

He said no decision has been made yet by the district whether to upgrade the Johnstown High School pool or convert it into a gym as a capital project.

VanDenburgh said the district also hasn’t made a decision whether to move its Facilities and Operations Department from spaces the district rents on Crescendoe Road into another area.

“The potential for that does exist,” VanDenburgh said.

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Reese said Tuesday the 8,200-square-foot space the school district leases from CIC subsidiary Crossroads Incubator Corp. is for sale. He said the school district could continue to extend its lease and it would still be honored, even if the building is sold.

“They would have a different landlord, but they wouldn’t be kicked out of the building,” Reese said.

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