$12M build­ing re­pair plan heads to vot­ers

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

School dis­trict res­i­dents will vote Dec. 6 on a $12.1 mil­lion cap­i­tal spend­ing pro­posal.

The money would be used for projects deemed pri­or­i­ties in the dis­trict’s build­ing con­di­tions re­port.

Vot­ing will be from 2 to 9 p.m. at Bulke­ley Mid­dle School, 45 North Park Road.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Joseph Phe­lan said the planned work is “all in­fra­struc­ture stuff — win­dows, roof re­pairs and re­place­ments, some as­bestos floor tile re­moval, there’s some safety im­prove­ments, re­plac­ing and ex­pand­ing the sys­tem for get­ting into the build­ing, putting in some hand­i­capped-com­pli­ant doors, door hardware in class­rooms to bring that up to cur­rent code, some side­walk curb­ing and walk­ways, some plumb­ing up­grades, up­grades to our cafe­te­rias, and re­plac­ing a quite old tele­phone sys­tem that we can’t get parts for when they break down.”

Phe­lan said the project would in­clude re­plac­ing the floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows at Chan­cel­lor Liv­ingston El­e­men­tary School.

“That was mid-’60s con­struc­tion, and those win­dows are orig­i­nal to that build­ing and they leak wa­ter, they leak hot air, they clearly need to be re­placed to im­prove the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency,” he said.

Other work would in­clude in­stalling an emer­gency backup gen­er­a­tor in the mid­dle/high school.

“That build­ing is cur­rently des­ig­nated as an emer­gency shel­ter by the Red Cross, but we don’t have [backup] power,” Phe­lan said. “So if it’s a power-re­lated is­sue, then with that gen­er­a­tor we’d be able to pro­vide shel­ter to a lot peo­ple in our com­mu­nity ... if we were to be off the grid for any pe­riod of time.”

Projects in the cap­i­tal spend­ing pro­posal were pri­or­i­tized by an ad-hoc com­mit­tee that re­viewed the build­ing con­di­tions re­port.

“It takes care of the most se­vere prob­lems and a num­ber of less serve prob­lems that are go­ing to need to get re­placed sooner rather than later,” Phe­lan said.

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