Last October, residents approved a $36.5M school bond referendum to make improvements to all nine district buildings by a vote of 1,140 to 829.
Based on a comprehensive needs analysis and recommendations made by the ad hoc Committee on Facilities, improvements will enable the district to meet basic safety and code requirements, help reclaim and repurpose learning space and more.
BBS Architects & Engineers (BBS) advised school officials this month that the Garden City High School roof project was out for bid and should be finalized by May 11. Bids are to be presented at the May 19 board of education meeting and one will be awarded that evening.
Board Vice President Barbara Trapasso asked if drainage issues at the high school would affect timing. BBS officials said work is still intended to start immediately after graduation since this project is considered a priority.
The high school bleachers will be ripped out after the 2010 football season; the current stadium bleachers are not compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The Modular Building Project at the Cherry Valley Avenue bus garage is being postponed to 2011.
According to school board trustee Angela Heineman, liaison to the ad hoc committee, a prefab building was slated to replace the trailer currently being used at the Bus Garage Office.
According to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen, the postponement is due to a "tight time frame." It was not possible to obtain a modular unit fitting the specifications in time or to file the needed forms with New York State, school officials confirmed Tuesday.
Renderings for the Garden City Middle School parking lot configuration are forthcoming. This project is also considered a "priority" since it will alleviate traffic conditions at the school.
There will be separate bus and traffic lanes and designated areas for student drop off and pick up. The new layout will eliminate the need for students to cross Cherry Valley and Stewart avenues. Work is expected to start this summer.
Two packages have been delivered to the State Education Department regarding Garden City Middle School projects. One details summer improvements and the other details the bus loop. The 2009 bus loop contracts are closed out, school officials said.
BBS also recommended that the board of education allow Con Ed Solutions to perform a detailed energy audit of the district; school trustees agreed. Johnson Controls and Con Ed Solutions both responded to the Request For Proposal (RFP). The audit will likely take two to three months to complete.
The school investment bond is expected to cost approximately 71 cents a day or $261 a year for the average Garden City homeowner. According to the school district web site, the interest rate is "conservatively" estimated at 4.5 percent; actual borrowing costs may be less. After June 30, 2015, property tax attributable to all debt service begins to decline.
Garden City has floated only two bonds for improvements to its school buildings in the last 50 years: one in the 60s and another in 1998.
For more information on the school investment bond, visit www.gardencity.k12.ny.us.