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Gouverneur Central plans capital project


GOUVERNEUR — Gouverneur Central School is laying the groundwork for a capital project.

The proposal, which likely will have little effect on property taxes, will focus on safety and security, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, instructional programs and energy efficiency.

“We are putting over 1,100 people through this facility every day,” Superintendent Lauren F. French said. “That’s a lot of wear and tear on a building.”

The district’s last capital project wrapped up in 2008, putting $12.5 million toward heating and plumbing upgrades, roof replacement, elementary classroom renovations, replacement of bleachers and the athletic track and driveway work.

“We have some weatherization issues that are huge,” Mrs. French said.

The district has $815,000 in Expanding Our Children’s Education and Learning aid left, which it could use to generate up to $28 million in work with little or no impact on the tax levy if it stuck to work approved by the state Education Department, Mrs. French said.

The district held a forum in August and is planning at least one more for public comment. A meeting with Education Department officials is tentatively scheduled for late September.

If all goes as planned, district residents could vote on the proposal in January.

The district is identifying the scope of work that might be involved in the project, including reviewing security at all entrances, expanding the use of cameras, updating a communication system, looking at lighting and the boiler system and replacing freezers and refrigerators for better food management.

The high school’s electrical system is operating at maximum capacity. The district is also considering a large group instruction area and a lab for science, technology, engineering and math instruction, and a way to expand agricultural programming.

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