Voters approve St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES capital project; construction expected to begin in 2020
CANTON — Voters Tuesday approved the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES capital project 992 to 141 in a public referendum.
Voting was held from noon to 8 p.m. at each career and technical education (CTE) center location, as well as the educational services center in Canton. 1,133 votes were cast, including absentee ballots, according to BOCES spokesperson Rebekah Grim.The approved proposal totals $43.5 M. Work at Seaway Career and Technical Education Center in Norwood totals $18.3 million. The renovations at Southwest Career and Technical Education Center in Fowler will cost $9.76 million. At Northwest Career and Technical Education Center in Ogdensburg, the work will cost $15.5 million.
The approved project proposal will update infrastructure including plumbing, electrical systems and ventilation, and also add space at Seaway Tech to accommodate increasing enrollments, Grim said. Seaway Tech has the largest enrollment of the three centers.
BOCES is working with architects from March Associates, who will begin the design phase of the project this week, she said. The design phase is expected to take roughly 5 months. Designs must be submitted to the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) for approval. NYSED review time is currently estimated at 38-40 weeks. Bids on the project from construction companies will open after NYSED grants its approval. Construction is anticipated to start in spring of 2020.
“The voting results speak for themselves,” said BOCES District Superintendent Thomas Burns. “Most people in the North Country have been touched in some way by CTE programming, whether it be a family member who graduated from one of the programs, or an employer who has hired one of our graduates. A majority of high school juniors and seniors in our area attend a CTE program every day and we owe it to them to provide a modern learning environment. We thank the voters for their support and look forward to beginning the renovation process.”
For more information about St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, visit www.sllboces.org/project.