Potsdam School District voters say 'yes' to $18 million building improvement project
Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 6:20 am

By JIMMY LAWTON

POTSDAM -- Potsdam Central School District voters supported the proposed $18 million capital project by a large margin, according to superintendent Patrick Brady.

The measure passed 365-95 yesterday as more than 450 voters showed up at the polls.

Over the past few months, Brady worked to get the message out to the public that renovations included in the project are needed at the school.

He said the school's high percentage of state building aid, combined with recent debt retirement made this year the right time for the necessary upgrades and renovations.

Brady said the district will benefit from reduced energy savings as fuel and energy costs continue to rise.

A summary of improvements included in the project follows:

High School -- $10.6 million

• Siding and window replacement on 1929 wing from library to auditorium

• Roof replacement

• Heating distribution system replacement—convert steam to hot water

• Auditorium renovations to ceiling, flooring, and stage

• Interior lighting replacement

• Exterior door replacement

Elementary School -- $3.1 million

• Roof replacement

• Interior lighting replacement

• Replace food service equipment

• Replace carpeting in main office and second grade wing

• Fix ceiling by gym

Middle School -- $3 million

• Interior lighting replacement

• Electrical distribution upgrades

• Reconstruct back parking lot, sidewalks and loading dock area

• Replace food service equipment

• Replace four exterior doors

• Minor re-roofing

Other -- $1.3 million

• Bus Garage fuel tank replacement

• Storm water management

• Parking lot improvements

• Roof replacement

• Fire Alarm System