Capital Improvement Project - October, 2012 Vote
South Colonie Central School District residents went to the polls on October 10, 2012 and approved a $4.375 million capital project to make repairs/improvements at Colonie Central High School and Sand Creek Middle School. The capital project passed by a vote of 785-342. The roof work at both schools and the asbestos removal at the high school were completed in the summer of 2013, and the main entrance improvements for the high school are scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2014.
The repair/renovation project included the following:
Re-roofing sections of Sand Creek Middle School that are in poor condition (Repairs identified in District’s 2010 Building Condition Survey and District’s 5-Year Plan from 2009-2010 as needing replacement within four years).
Re-roofing sections of Colonie Central High School that are in poor condition (Repairs identified in District’s 2010 Building Condition Survey and District’s 5-Year Plan from 2009-2010 as needing replacement within four years).
Removing/replacing asbestos-containing ceilings at Colonie High School (Health and Safety — Identified as a priority in District’s 2010 Building Condition Survey and District’s 5-Year Plan from 2009-2010).
Making improvements to the main entrance of the high school to improve access for individuals with disabilities (Renovations/Improvements — Currently the high school is the only building without ADA accessibility at the main entrance). View a photo gallery of this work
Capital Improvement Project - October, 2006 Vote
South Colonie residents approved a series of capital project improvements in October, 2006, as follows:
A special capital project proposition totaling $7,684,000 - passed 973-582. This is enabling the district to spend $5,372,000 to replace antiquated roofs at Lisha Kill, Sand Creek, Saddlewood, Shaker Road schools and one section of the high school roof. Another $2,312,000 is being used to replace the original boilers (30-40 years old) at Sand Creek, Forest Park and Veeder schools, and the hot water system at the high school.
A second special capital project proposition totaling $1,602,000 - passed 965-569. This is enabling the district to spend $1,140,000 to build three new classrooms at Veeder Elementary School, $273,000 to replace the floor drains at the bus garage, Forest Park, Roessleville, Veeder and the high school, and $189,000 to replace some wall panels that are disintegrating in the Lisha Kill Middle School gymnasium.
Plans were submitted to the State Education Department for approval in the winter of 2007, and the project was put out to bid in the spring. Work on the capital project began in the summer of 2007.
Construction Activity - Building By Building
Construction crews had two busy summer seasons in 2008 and 2007 working on the two-phase $9.28 million capital improvement project approved by South Colonie voters in October, 2006. Repairs and improvements were made at all eight schools and the district bus garage. Here’s an overview of the work by building/year:
Veeder Elementary School — Completion of the new, three-classroom wing that has been under construction since 2007. The rooms were to be ready for use at the start of school in the fall of 2008. The school boiler was replaced and classroom ventilation completed. Crews also enlarged the Veeder parking lot.
Shaker Road and Saddlewood Elementary Schools — Replacement of the roofs, addition of structural steel to reinforce the roofs for heavy snow loads and skylight replacement.
Sand Creek Middle School — New boilers, replacement of the roof and skylights, and addition of roof drains and structural steel to reinforce the roof for heavy snow loads.
Lisha Kill Middle School — Addition of structural steel to reinforce the roof in some areas and cosmetic replacement of a portion of the school’s delaminating wall panels in the original gym.
Forest Park Elementary School — Installation of a new school boiler.
Bus Garage — Reconstruction of the floor drains, as was done at many schools as well, to reroute run-off into the storm sewers as required by law. Four new security cameras have also been installed.
Colonie Central High School — Replacement of a portion of the high school roof, including reinforcement with new steel beams, and installation of new hot water heaters.
Lisha Kill Middle School — Installation of a new roof.
Bus Garage — Reconstruction of the floor drains.
Elementary School — The district architect worked on the
bid specifications for the new Veeder School three-room
classroom addition. Ground was broken during 2007 and
construction continued throughout the 2007-08 school year.
Capital Improvement Project - December, 2003 Vote
On December 10, 2003, South Colonie residents approved a $22.8 million bond referendum that provides funds to renovate all eight schools and the district bus garage. The final vote was 807-241 in favor of the capital improvement project. The project totals $22,784,426 with more than 52 reimbursed through state aid.
The district and school board had been studying these needed improvements for more than a year, and had involved the public in the planning process through meetings, surveys and face-to-face focus groups. The study revealed that every school was in need of some sort of modernization, as some facilities, equipment and operating systems were more than 50 years old.
Areas identified as in the greatest need are being upgraded. These include improvements in electircal, heating, ventilation and fire protection systems as well as school libraries, roofs, parking lots, restrooms and lockers.
Construction Activity - Building By Building
South Colonie Central School District construction crews put the finishing touches on a $22.8 million capital improvement project during the summer of 2006. The project, which affected all eight schools and the bus garage, had been ongoing since receiving voter approval in December, 2003. Here is a brief overview of the summer of 2006 construction activity by schools:
Colonie Central High School — About a dozen science classrooms were totally or partially refurbished. There is new seating, painting, carpeting, heating and air conditioning in the auditorium, bigger student lockers with new doors, kitchen and tennis court renovations, new ceilings and lighting throughout the school, modernizing of the electrical and fire systems, new main entrance doors and upgrades to the parking lot and outside lighting poles. The track was resurfaced two summers ago and restrooms were renovated.
Sand Creek Middle School — Science room renovations, heating and fire alarm upgrades, new lockers and satellite clock.
Lisha Kill Middle School — Completion of building addition with six new classrooms, science room renovations, refurbished auditorium with new seating, carpeting and painting, new ceilings, heating and fire alarm upgrades, new tennis courts and lockers.
Saddlewood and Shaker Elementary Schools — Completion of new school library additions, fire alarm and heating upgrades.
Veeder Elementary School — Completion of cafeteria and gym expansion, fire alarm and heating upgrades, new entranceway, drop off area and parking lots. Building received a new roof last summer.
Forest Park Elementary School — Upgrades to the electrical, fire alarm and heating systems and a new roof was installed last summer.
Roessleville Elementary School — Upgrades to the heating and fire alarm systems, new hallway carpeting and re-paving of the parking lot.