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Good bones, good care and a good future:
Proposed Schoharie High School repair and renovation project


Why is the board considering a high school repair and renovation project?

Just as Schoharie Central School District is dedicated to preparing its students for a successful future, it also invests considerable time and energy into caring for the buildings and classrooms in which they learn.

As times and the needs of students change, so must their learning environment.

An independent study

A building condition study commissioned by the district and conducted by independent architectural experts found that Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School is aging, with many of the building systems in the original 90-year-old portion of the school nearing the end of their useful life.

Yet the high school has "good bones" structurally and has been well maintained by district staff throughout the years, and so Schoharie is looking at ways the building can be safely repaired, upgraded and updated.

Minimal financial impact on local residents

The project can be accomplished with minimal financial impact on district residents - around a total amount of $10 per year. More than 83 percent of the cost would be covered by state building aid. The local share of the cost would be covered by a Capital Project Reserve Fund, subject to voter approval on May 16, that would be drawn from the district’s available fund balance, at an amount not to exceed $2.5 million.

What changes are needed? Areas needing attention

Daily wear and tear and the aging of the school building and its systems have taken their toll beyond what can be remedied through routine maintenance and repair. At the same time, technology and space requirements for today's learners are vastly different from the past.

A capital project would also improve the movement of students on campus through renovation and reorganization of existing instructional, entry, office and community spaces.

Areas needing attention include the following.

Crumbling exterior building structure, including window sills, mortar and roof parapets, that sometimes fall to the ground, creating a potential hazard for injury to people below them.

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Cap Project crumbling window sill at Schoharie HS


Leaky and energy-wasting windows

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Classrooms that are too small and not meeting minimum space requirements

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Exposed pipes and fittings, that are no longer used, in classrooms and other areas

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Poorly located, crumbling and outdated bathrooms

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Instructional, practice and performance spaces that are inadequate in terms of size, technology and location.

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Outdated and inefficient heating and ventilation systems that compromise student and staff comfort and increase costs

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Cracked and settling floors

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- 80-year-old wiring and aging electrical systems

- Failing boilers for which parts are no longer available


Residents will be asked to vote on a capital project and a reserve fund

Schoharie Central School District will ask district residents to vote on a capital project proposition to fund the repairs and renovations on May 16, during the same time that they vote on the proposed 2017-18 school budget. A majority of the project cost - more than 83 percent - would be covered by state aid.

Residents will also vote on May 16 on a proposition to establish a Capital Project Reserve Fund to cover the local cost of the capital project. The Capital Reserve Fund would be drawn from the district’s available fund balance, at an amount not to exceed $2.5 million.

Community involvement

Since March 2016, a facilities planning committee has been meeting to examine how to ensure the Jr./Sr. High School can continue to meet 21st century learning needs. The committee's membership includes local community members and civic leaders, architectural and construction experts, first responders, parents and family members, Schoharie school board members, and district administrators faculty and staff.

Take a closer look

District residents are encouraged to take a closer look at the proposed repairs and renovations. Display boards are located throughout the school, and residents are encouraged to ask questions and provide comments.



Project forum informs community, SCS leadership

Community members learned about renovations needed at Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School during a Jan. 25 evening forum, and district leaders gained valuable feedback from local residents. READ MORE

crawlspace underneath Schoharie High School

Imagine a hallway: Turning a crawlspace into a hallway is among the ideas discussed as part of the Schoharie High School capital project.


Additional information and resources

Daily Gazette reports on building project

Superintendent Blanchard discussed the proposed capital project with the Daily Gazette. READ THE ARTICLE

Times Journal reports on building project

The Times Journal covered a Board of Education discussion of the proposed capital project in the Feb. 22, 2017 issue.

The Times Journal talked about the upcoming forum and the proposed project in their Jan. 11, 2017 issue.

The Times Journal covered a Board of Education discussion of the proposed capital project in-depth in the Dec. 13, 2016 issue.

(Note: subscription may be required to view full articles in newspapers.)



[12/20/16; updated 1/2017, 2/2017]


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