BOE approves vote on capital project

A nearly $42.7 million capital project will go before Liberty Central School District voters on Jan. 16, 2024.

The proposal, which received Board of Education approval Nov. 14 to move forward to a public vote, addresses issues identified in the latest building survey condition, upgrades mechanical, heating and electrical systems, improves, extends and expands the use of the current football field and track, enhances safety and reconfigures spaces to better meet the needs of today’s learners for future careers.

The proposal was reviewed by the board during the Oct. 10 meeting.

There is no expected tax impact from the project, as capital reserve funds, a bond and state aid are anticipated to cover all costs.

“I want to thank our architects CSArch, construction management team from Schoolhouse Construction Services, Fiscal Advisors and the board of education for their thoroughness and thoughtfulness in putting together this proposal,” Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan said. “Together we have a plan  that will provide a productive learning environment for our students well into the future.”

The district will schedule community forums and walkthroughs to explain the project and address any questions the public may have. They will be announced as they are scheduled.

Voting will take place from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the high school gymnasium, with a snow date of Jan. 17.

If approved, design is expected to be completed by July 2024, with New York State Education Department review and approval by November 2024. The contracts are expected to be awarded in March 2025, with construction to begin in spring 2025 and be completed by early fall 2027.

More information, as it becomes available, will be provided on the district’s website.

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