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Seneca Falls CSD proposes $24.7M capital improvement project: Voters will decide on Dec. 12

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The Seneca Falls Central School District is proposing a $24.7 million capital project aimed at upgrading facilities within three school buildings.

The school board has already given unanimous approval to the proposal, with plans for a public hearing on November 30 and a district vote set for December 12. The project will not increase taxes due to the use of $4.25 million in capital reserve funds and state aid covering 88.4% of the expenses.

The renovations, prioritizing safety and instructional integrity, are scheduled mainly during the summers of 2025 and 2026 to minimize disruption.

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reed highlighted the importance of safety, with significant renovations planned for the Frank Knight and Elizabeth Cady Stanton elementary schools and the middle school. Upgrades include creating secure entry areas, office relocations, roof repairs, and various interior renovations aimed at enhancing the educational environment.

Detailed planning and design phases are expected to run from January to June 2024, with state review by December 2024. This timeline would allow construction to commence in early 2025, continuing through September 2026.

Dr. Reed has emphasized community involvement in the planning process, with input from teachers and community members shaping the project’s direction. Notably, the project includes potential future-proofing steps, such as installing vents in the middle school to facilitate possible air conditioning installation.