FREWSBURG - A $5,656,000 capital project aiming to implement a series of improvements to Frewsburg Central School's middle/high school building is set for a Dec. 3 community vote.
Frewsburg's Board of Education recently set the vote date after concluding a nine-month development process with Sandberg Kessler Architecture and Engineering to address five priority areas in the layout and maintenance of the building.
According to a press release by the district, the project is not intended to expand the present building, but rather to make better use of its existing space while increasing safety and security, improving public access and grouping related educational spaces together.
Its focus areas include: auditorium upgrades for increased instructional use and community access; the relocation of the middle/high school office to improve security and facilitate student access; the construction of new physical science, reading and ISS classrooms; second-floor improvements such as study hall, computer classrooms and a new distance learning center, as well as comfort control of all spaces and new corridor lockers; and the replacement of the football field bleachers and press box.
The board had previously determined on Sept. 12 that the project would have no significant adverse impact on the environment, the release said.
According to Danielle O'Connor, superintendent, the items to be addressed by the project were identified in the district's 2010 Building Conditions Survey and Five Year Capital Facilities Plan.
"We began by looking at our five-year facility need study and, based on the recommendations of that study, we knew that there were some things that needed to be updated and upgraded at the middle/high school," O'Connor said. "When we looked at all of the needs of the building, we wanted to make sure that it's mechanically sound in terms of things like equipment and boilers, because that's always a priority. From there, we worked with the architecture group and began looking at the needs of the building."
O'Connor said the project will not have an impact on the local tax levy because the district will be taking $525,000 out of its general fund as the local share. She said a public hearing on the project is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 20.
To learn more about the project, district residents are encouraged to go to the district's website at www.frewsburgcsd.org, attend the public hearing and review the informational material to be mailed in the coming weeks.