Architects claim Parishville-Hopkinton project vote passed by larger margin than usual; construction set for '19
By MATT LINDSEY
PARISHVILLE -- Architects planning a capital building project at Parishville-Hopkinton Central said the vote passed by a greater margin than most projects they see. The strong approval came as no surprise to PHCS Superintendent William Collins
The Nov. 14 public vote on the Capital Building Project passed overwhelmingly 94-9 with nine votes in favor for every one vote against ballot cast, Dr. Collins said.Project architects King & King of Syracuse commented at the Dec. 18 Board of Education meeting that the typical votes they have seen have been closer to a 4:1 ratio for capital projects, according to Collins.
“It is not a big surprise that our project was so strongly supported by the voters as it does not impact the tax levy,” Collins said. Many residents with questions attended an informational meeting the week before on Nov. 6.
The list of items on the project are those of highest priority from those identified in the 2015 Building Condition Survey.
“The list of facility needs generated in the Building Condition Survey is longer, but the goal has been to use a combination of state aid, capital reserve funds, and donations to complete the project without it adding to the tax levy,” Collins said.
The list of items includes asbestos abatement; reconstruction of the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms; auditorium electrical, lighting, and sound systems; modernizing the telephone system; replacing the gymnasium flooring, and upgrading the playground structures and surfaces.
The total cost is estimated to be $2,675,500. The project will receive about 82.2 percent in state aid, $500,000 from the school's capital reserve fund, and $25,500 generated through a series of playground fundraisers.
Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2019.
“There is a great deal of work to be done between now and when construction begins,” Dr. Collins said. “The school will be working closely with the architects to ensure the project meets students needs.”
There will be physical education teacher and coach input on the locker rooms, music department input on the auditorium upgrades, as well as representatives from the PHCS Board of Education, school administration and PHCS head of facilities.