Voorheesville plans $7.8M capital project

The Enterprise — Sean Mulkerrin
Out with the old: Superintendent Brian Hunt said that the way the lab is currently set up makes instruction and learning difficult. 

VOORHEESVILLE — In May, voters may be deciding on a $7.8 million project to update heating, windows, and labs, among other upgrades, to Voorheesville schools.

At a Jan. 22 forum held in the performing arts center of the high school, Superintendent Brian Hunt presented the capital-project plan he intends to submit to the board of education for its approval at its upcoming March meeting.

If the board were to adopt a resolution for the project referendum in March, it would then be submitted to voters in May for their approval.

The project has an estimated total cost of $7,795,000, which has been cut in half from the $16 million plan presented a year ago.

The January 2017 project proposal included the construction of a new bus garage, which at the time, was estimated to cost between $5 million and $6 million. The district will instead lease space in the Albany County Department of Public Works garage to repair, and possibly store, its buses. The decision to lease is estimated to save taxpayers millions of dollars.

The estimated cost to expand and renovate two high school labs as well as to renovate a middle school technology lab is $2 million in total; in January 2017, the estimated cost was between $4 million and $6 million.

 

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