Capital Project Update
The Clarence community approved a $27.2 million capital project in December 2019. The first half of the project was sent to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for review and it was approved this month. The second half of the project will be sent for review soon and we hope to receive approval from NYSED next December.
Now that we have received approval on the first half of the project, the next phase is to engage in the bidding process. Bids are being submitted and will be opened on January 5, 2021. Our architect, construction manager, and District officials will review the bids and make a recommendation to the Board of Education to award work at the board meeting held on January 25, 2021. We are hopeful to break ground on the first half of the project in the early spring.
The capital project was divided in half due to the scope of work. The first half of the project includes work at Clarence Middle School, Clarence Center Elementary, Ledgeview Elementary, and our Bus Garage located on County Road. The second half of the project will include work at the High School, Sheridan Hill Elementary, and Harris Hill Elementary.
The bus garage will have an entirely new parking lot constructed after gutting the existing lot and installing proper drainage and grading.
All six school buildings will have similar work done, which includes mostly general maintenance and repair items. Each of the buildings will see repairs and renovation to roofs, floors, paving, plumbing, electrical, HVAC (replacement of air handling units), and masonry.
Each school will also have their main entrance reconfigured with secured vestibules in order to prevent direct access to buildings without passing through a security check.
The Middle School and High School will have upgrades to the music rooms (band, orchestra, and chorus) and the locker rooms. A new storage area will also be constructed at the high school. In addition, a new space for the Family Support Center will be built.
Please recall that the project will not result in a tax increase. New York State will provide school aid for approximately 67 percent of the work. The local share of the project will be financed as older debt expires and is replaced by new debt.
We are excited get started on the project this spring.
Geoffrey M. Hicks, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools