Dundee Central School: Voters will decide fieldhouse project March 3

Gwen Chamberlain The Chronicle-Express

Dundee School District voters will vote on a proposal to build a fieldhouse near the athletic fields at a public referendum from noon to 8 p.m. March 3.

The fieldhouse, planned to cost about $300,000, will include storage space, restrooms and space for a concession stand.

The project will be paid for from funds left over from the $18 million capital improvement project that included new facade work, improvements to HVAC systems, new athletic fields, and more. According to School Board President Jim Koehler, favorable bids, limited change orders during construction, and good prices resulted in the district having $4 million in funds left for additional work.

The Scotsmen Sports Boosters had been raising funds to pay for construction of the fieldhouse, and Superintendent Kelly Houck says the district will collaborate with the boosters. “We are very appreciative of their efforts,” she said, explaining she and board members first met with the boosters in November to propose the current plan.

The boosters have raised about $5,000 and plan to pay for equipment to furnish the concession stand.

King & King Architects have designed the building, and if voters approve the plan, construction can start in April and be complete in mid-August, in time for the fall sports season.

In addition to the fieldhouse, school officials are seeking prices on two other potential projects—an upgraded fire suppression hood in the cafeteria kitchen, and improved access to different areas of the school’s roofs.

The school board held a public hearing Feb. 12 before the regular board meeting. No one commented against the proposed project.

Business during the regular meeting Feb. 12 included:

• BUDGET: Business Manager Melissa Lawson reviewed details about the financing plan for the 2015-16 school year. See related story on page 1.

• BOARD MEMBERS: Board Vice President John Frederick announced this would be his final meeting, that he was resigning from the board because he will be moving from the district. There are two years left in his term. The remaining two years will be up for election along with the three-year term for the seat being vacated by Matthew Camacho. Nominating positions for the May 19 election must be filed with the district clerk by 5 p.m. April 20.

• AUDIT: Koehler reported the district’s audit was completed with no findings. The board unanimously accepted the report.

• FISCAL STRESS: Houck explained the district’s fiscal stress status,  as determined by the New York State Comptroller’s office.  The fiscal stress scores are based on financial information submitted by each district. Dundee has no designation.

• GIFT: The board accepted a gift of $1,000 from the Buffalo Bills in honor of Sheldon Gibson, Varsity Football Coach.

• MEETING: The next meeting of the Board of Educcation will be held at 6 p.m. March 12 in the Public Meeting Room.