Upgrading 4 schools would cost $31 million
State aid would cover about 62%
Less than three years after winning voter approval for a $138 million upgrade of Kingston High School, the school district is considering asking its residents for permission to carry out almost $31 million worth of work at two elementary schools and the district’s two middle schools.
School district Superintendent Paul Padalino said state aid would cover about 62 percent of the cost of the work at Harry L. Edson and John F. Kennedy elementary schools and J. Watson Bailey and M. Clifford Miller middle schools.
Padalino said Wednesday evening that the proposal probably will not be on the district ballot in May, when voters already will be asked to approve the district’s annual budget as well as a $4.2 million plan to convert the former Frank L. Meagher Elementary School into the district’s main office and a prekindergarten facility. The Meagher project is to be funded with $527,198 in state aid, $1 million from an anticipated sale of district’s current administration building in Uptown Kingston and $2.68 million from a district
capital reserve account.
Padalino did not say when the plan for Edson, Kennedy, Bailey and Miller might got to voters.
Consultant Scott Hillje told the Board of Education at a recent meeting that the plan for the four schools was developed using the district’s five-year capital plan.
“Our approach was to look at each of the buildings and then determine if there were some buildings that had already received substantial amounts of work compared to others and also to consider the types of work that were identified in the five-year capital plan at various buildings,” Hillje said.
“We particularly looked at site conditions, exterior ... walls and windows, and then remaining infrastructure upgrades to be completed within the building,” the consultant said. “Infrastructure being things like water piping, boiler systems, other mechanical systems.”
The plans calls for spending $5.2 million on Edson, $4.7 million on Kennedy, $10.9 million on Bailey and $9.9 million on Miller. Hillje said the middle school projects have substantially larger price tags because of the size of the buildings.
All four buildings would get new windows, repaving and speed bumps. Also to be done would be:
• At Edson, asbestos tile replacement, water pipe upgrades, and improvements to ventilation and drainage systems.
• At Kennedy, replacing blinds and door hardware, upgrading bathrooms, and improving electrical panels and water pipes.
• At Bailey (which is adjacent to Edson), replacing a loading dock canopy, ceilings, unit ventilators and water pipes.
• At Miller, sidewalk and curb work, masonry repairs, and upgrades to electrical panels and the ventilation system.
In December 2013, Kingston school district residents approved a $137.5 million improvement project for Kingston High School by a vote of 2,265-2,082. State aid is to fund 60 percent of the cost.
The KHS work, some of which already has been done, includes tearing down the Myron J. Michael building, a former middle school on the high school’s Broadway campus; creating a new bus drop-off area and student entrance at roughly the same spot; making improvements to the Kate Walton Field House; renovating part of the campus’s main building; expanding the Salzmann building, which stands between the main and Michael buildings; and demolishing the Whiston-Tobin building.
Harry L. Edson Elementary School