Dundee School officials look at capital project options

Gwen Chamberlain

There are no specific plans yet for a capital project at Dundee Central School, but as the school board and administration begin to think about the possible big projects in the school’s future, they are getting a look at ways a major project can be financed.

At the May 8 regular board meeting, Business Manager Melissa Lawson outlined the financial picture and explained the district could afford a project costing more than $10 million without having an impact on the tax levy.

She said if the district follows what she called a consistent and level local effort plan, it can build up enough resources to  finance a new project that could be launched in 2011/2012 without it having an impact on the local tax levy.

The district is paying $107,092 annually for the 1994 capital project. Those payments will end after the 2010/2011 school year. The next year, the district will receive a large amount of state building aid. The district is also eligible for special state aid for building projects called excel aid.

While the school board has been involved in strategic planning for the district, no plans for any specific capital projects have been made.

However, some suggestions have come up and the school board will begin looking at the cost of each need and will begin prioritizing the needs.

Administrators have already met with the architectural consultants. Lawson said while the board has yet to identify priorities, “We always start with health, safety, code compliance issues and work up to the ‘wouldn’t it be nice’ items.”

Superintendent Nancy Zimar said the architectural firm is in the process of putting things on a list of priorities. The board will make decisions about what projects to send to the voters for a public referendum in November.

One of the possible projects on the list of considerations would include improvements to the track and field facilities.

Other business at the May 8 board meeting included:

• SUMMER SCHOOL: Zimar reported the summer school program in collaboration with Penn Yan School District will run from July 7 to Aug. 14. The program will offer classes for grades 7-9. Classes for grades 10-12 may be added, depending on the need. The  classes will be held four days per week.

• TENURE: The board granted tenure to elementary teacher Laura Brinkman; special education teacher Rennee Thayer; elementary teacher Megan Morse; and elementary teacher Patricia McCann.

• APPOINTMENTS: The board made the following appointments: Jessica Hazzard of Fort Plain, emergency conditional appointment as a substitute teacher; Todd G. DeRue of Palmyra as a special education teacher.

•VALEDICTORIAN/SALUTATORIAN: The board congratulated Stephanie Krossber and Christopher Capurso for being named Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

•ARC: Representatives from Yates ARC programs made a presentation to the board.

• DONATION: The board accepted the donation of a book entitled Sugarbush Spring from the Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Office.

• SURPLUS VEHICLES: The board declared a 2001 Ford Windstar and a 2002 Chrysler Voyager as surplus and authorized advertising for sealed bids.

• EXECUTIVE SESSION: The board held an executive session prior to the regular meeting to discuss negotiations, a specific employee and litigation. After completing the regular agenda, the board re-entered executive session to discuss negotiations.