Voorheesville School District voters to decide on $27.2M in capital projects Tuesday

NEW SCOTLAND — On Tuesday, residents of the Voorheesville Central School District will be asked to approve two capital projects totaling over $27 million. 

Voters may cast their ballots at Voorheesville Middle School between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The two projects residents will vote on are a $25.2 million core project and a $2 million energy-performance contract. 

Approximately $9.9 million worth of work at the elementary school and the construction of a long-sought bus garage, valued at $6.6 million, are at the heart of the proposed project.

The capital project, among other things, would:

— Construct a bus garage behind the high school and across from Cornell Cooperative Extension, parallel to Martin Road;

— Consolidate the elementary administrative and health offices next to the existing bus garage, and then transform the bus garage into the elementary-school cafeteria;

— Install a new secure entrance vestibule at the elementary school; and

— Rework “existing space to create multiple general instructional spaces, including new music and arts classrooms, guidance suite, library makerspace and science labs,” according to the district.

The second proposal on the Dec. 6 ballot won’t have an impact on voters’ tax bill, according to the district. The energy-performance contract is paid for with state money and eventual reduced energy costs, which first has upfront costs, like swapping out the district’s old light fixtures for high-efficiency light-emitting diodes, that are borne by the district. 

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