School district plans $5M renovation project

Greg Klein | The Daily Star Cooperstown Central School Superintendent William Crankshaw, left, and Board of Education President Tim Hayes discuss the school's Capital Project 2019 at the BOE meeting Wednesday, Sept. 4 in the middle/high school library. 

The Cooperstown Central School District will unveil a capital improvement project totaling about $5 million and school officials will be talking to the community about the project this fall at a series of meetings. 

The school's Board of Education discussed the shape and size of the project Wednesday, Sept. 4, at its semi-monthly meeting at the middle/high school on Linden Avenue in the town of Otsego. 

"This is a significant project, and we didn't want the building and grounds committee to be the sole arbiter of what needs to be included in the project," BOE President Tim Hayes said. 

CCS Superintendent William Crankshaw said a draft proposal of the project, dubbed Capital Project 2019, has an estimated cost of $5.184 million. 

"A lot of this is not amazing stuff," Hayes said. "It is window sills, lighting, floors, painting, and in general, refurbishing of things that need to get done."

Hayes said the school is also due for an updated building survey, and some of the project will come from survey recommendations. 

The biggest items in the package are an outdoor electronic digital sign, which will be anchored to a corner of the bus garage, and two sports items: a refurbished baseball field behind the school on Linden Avenue, and a revamped, all-purpose field, possibly turf, on what is temporarily called the Lambert 2 field. Hayes said board members started calling the field, which is behind the grandstands of Paul Lambert Field, Lambert 2, "as a working title, because otherwise we were referring to it as 'the other field.'"

Board member Marcy Birch said the sign is something a lot of parents have requested, "as a way for parents to get more information." 

Hayes and Crankshaw both said the project was designed to be paid for without any increase to the tax levy. 

"We spent a year talking with the finance folks about how to spread the money around so there is no increase to the tax levy," Hayes said. 

Crankshaw laid out a timetable for the community to decide on the project: 

A preliminary public forum will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the school, at a time to be announced later. 

The BOE will have to approve a final plan at its Wednesday, Oct. 16, meeting at the middle/high school. 

A second public forum will be held, Wednesday, Nov. 13, at a time and location to be announced later. Mailers will also be sent to parents and district residents. 

A vote on the project will take place, Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the middle/high school, with voting hours to be announced later. 

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