Rhinebeck res­i­dents to vote on $12 mil­lion school plan

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

Res­i­dents on Dec. 6 will vote on a $12.09 mil­lion pro­posal to fund cap­i­tal projects that have been iden­ti­fied as school district pri­or­i­ties.

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

Items in­cluded in the pro­posed project are sim­i­lar at both the mid­dle­high school build­ing and Chan­cel­lor Livingston El­e­men­tary School. In­cluded are in­te­rior doors and hard­ware, kitchen ceil­ings, tele­phone sys­tems, en­trance handrails, sky­lights, roof lad­ders, roof re­coat­ing, ex­te­rior doors and win­dows and light­ing re­place­ment.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Joseph Phelan said the project also in­cludes 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.

Work out­side of the build­ings is pro­posed to in­clude ath­letic track im­prove­ments, ath­letic field ren­o­va­tions and ir­ri­ga­tion, curb­ing re­pairs and as­phalt paving.

Projects were pri­or­i­tized by an ad hoc com­mit­tee that re­viewed the district’s build­ings con­di­tion re­port, as well as items that could save the district money in an­nual op­er­at­ing costs.

Other projects in­clude in­stalling an emer­gency backup gen­er­a­tor at the mid­dle-high school and adding acous­ti­cal tiles to the gym walls.

“That build­ing is cur­rently des­ig­nated as an emer­gency shel­ter by the Red Cross, but we don’t have (self-con­tained) power, 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,” Phelan said.

Of­fi­cials said they are will­ing to con­duct tours of the build­ings for res­i­dents who are seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion on the types of prob­lems that will be ad­dressed un­der the propo­si­tion. In­for­ma­tion is avail­able through the district of­fice at (845) 871-5520.

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