Up­grad­ing 4 schools would cost $31 mil­lion

State aid would cover about 62%

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

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.

FILE PHOTO BY TONY ADAMIS

Harry L. Ed­son El­e­men­tary School

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