Greater Johnstown School District set to consider list of capital projects

JOHNSTOWN – Greater Johnstown School District Superintendent Robert DeLilli told the Board of Education Thursday night he will provide more information to help the board narrow down its proposed list of 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. The district may have to achieve a “supermajority” of 60 percent or better for voter approval on the referendum to pass the capital plan, depending on how much it ends up costing. The district may be able to receive close to 90 percent in building aid from the state on capital projects. The district’s current debt limit is about $23.6 million.

Officials said the original list – ranging from roof projects to new kitchen equipment – contains projects costing between $22 million and $45 million. The list was released to the board on July 17.

Since then, district officials have taken a buildings’ walkthrough of proposed projects with CS Arch, and the board’s Facilities/Capital Project Committee has met.

DeLilli told the full board Thursday night at Johnstown High School that he will be working on a color-coded method of rating the individual proposed capital projects, including dollar amounts.

“We’ll have that together before the next meeting for you to look at,” the superintendent said.

The board meets next at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the JHS Performing Arts Center.

Board member Scott Miller, a member of the Facilities/Capital Project Committee, reported to the board that his panel had two “great” meetings on the proposed capital projects.

“The walkthrough was amazing,” Miller said. “We looked at everything on the list.”

He said the committee has discussed the “big ticket” items such as potential capital projects involving the JHS pool and gym spaces.

“I think we’re moving forward,” Miller stated. “I don’t think we’ve come to a bottom line or anything.”

DeLilli said there are certain potential capital project areas that “scream for help.”

Knox Junior High School English teacher Beth Brower, president of the Johnstown Teachers Association, thanked the board for all its help on creating potential capital projects for the district. She said JTA members stand ready to assist the board with their input.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at