Residents in the Marcellus Central School District voted on Tuesday, December 7 to approve a $17.5 million Capital Project. The final tally was 161 in favor, with 86 voting against.
Taking into consideration increases in the cost of construction, state building aid of about 80 percent, and use of debt replacement and $1.7 million in capital reserves, “we anticipate no additional local taxes will be needed to complete the project,” stated District Business Administrator Anthony Sonnacchio.
The project addresses critical maintenance items throughout the district, utilizing priorities from the five-year Building Conditions Survey. The project will focus on re-roofing portions of all three buildings and re-paving and updating parking and roadways surrounding the high school.
Alternates have been identified for the project that will either allow the district to capture additional work should bids be favorable, or provide updated pricing to complete work in a future project. Alternates include construction of an agricultural education facility and related infrastructure, replacement of the remaining original windows in the DMS auditorium and gymnasium, and renovations in the original DMS boys and girls locker rooms.
Now that the project has been approved, district officials will begin working on the design. The NY State Education Department is expected to complete their review of the project by the end of 2022, with bidding and construction scheduled to begin in 2023.
"We greatly appreciate the continued support from our community. We have been able to make excellent progress with facilities care, upgrades and repairs over the past few years as a result," shared Michelle Brantner, Superintendent of Schools.
Public Information Meeting
A public information meeting was held virtually on November 29th at 6:30 pm. The meeting was live streamed and accessible to the public using the district's Live Stream Link. Residents were also able to attend in person if they preferred.
Those interested in obtaining an absentee ballot for the December 7, 2021 vote on the proposed building project need to complete an application for an absentee ballot. Qualifying reasons are shown on the application. Executive Order 202.81 expands eligibility to "include the potential for contraction of the virus that causes COVID-19 as an illness for purposes of request or receipt of an absentee ballot." This choice is included under Option A.
Residents can also obtain an application at the district office, via email request to Sue Larison at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (315) 673-6000. Applications must be returned by November 29, 2021 if the absentee ballot is to be mailed to the voter or by December 6, 2021 if it will be picked up by the voter. Ballots must be returned not later than 5 p.m. December 7, 2021 and mailed to:
Assistant to the District Clerk
2 Reed Parkway
Marcellus, NY 13108
Information Mailed to Voters Regarding Proposed Building Project
Infomation was mailed to voters November 12th outlining details of the project voters will consider on December 7th. Marcellus School District residents will vote on a proposed $17.5 million capital improvement project. If approved, the project will focus on re-roofing portions of all three buildings and re-paving and updating parking and roadways surrounding the high school. Our roofs are beginning to fail and are expected to reach the end of their useful lives by the time the project begins in 2023. We have continually repaired potholes and cracks in the roadways and parking lots surrounding the high school, and have now reached the point where repaving these areas is necessary.
We have also identified alternates that either allow us to capture additional work should bids on the project be favorable, or to have updated pricing to complete work in a future project. Alternates include construction of an agricultural education facility, replacement of the remaining original windows in the DMS auditorium and gymnasium, and renovations in the original DMS boys and girls locker rooms.
Taking into consideration increases in the cost of construction, state building aid of 80 percent, and use of debt replacement and $1.7 million in capital reserves, we anticipate no additional local taxes will be needed to accomplish the proposed project.
A public information meeting will be held virtually on November 29th at 6:30 pm using a link to be posted on the district’s website the week of November 22nd. The public information meeting will be broadcast from the Senior High School large group instruction room, where residents may choose to attend in person if they prefer.