MCS building project goes to voters next week

By Brian Sweeney

Margaretville Central School will hold a public vote on a Capital Building Project on Tuesday, March 13 from 2-8 p.m. in the cafeteria.

The project will include both maintenance work and classroom enhancements, including:
• Creation of a 25-station computer laboratory for the Middle School ($147,000);
• Installation of wireless networking capabilities throughout the building ($154,181);
• Alterations to the music and maintenance rooms ($37,619);
• Repairs to the drainage system, concrete floor and walls in the locket room area ($114,300);
• Window ventilation improvements on the second floor ($46,000).

If voters approve the project, the work would be paid for utilizing $75,194 in unexpended EXCEL (Expanding Our Children’s Education and Learning) funds with the balance (not to exceed $424,806) coming from the district’s Capital Reserve.
Capital Reserve funds can only be spent on Capital Projects. The district sets these funds aside over a period of time so that money is available when repairs or improvements are needed. The EXCEL money was provided to districts to assist with the same type of projects.

No tax impact
Superintendent Tony Albanese has pointed out that Capital Reserve monies are already in place. This project, if approved, will not have an impact on the budget or the district’s tax levy.
He pointed out that the locker room repairs and the ventilation upgrades were necessary maintenance items. The reconfiguration of the music room will create a room for maintenance personnel to replace flood-damaged space in the basement.

The superintendent said the establishment of a Middle School computer lab was proposed by the board of education after lengthy discussions with staff about how to best serve students’ needs.
The changeover to wireless computer networking throughout the building is an improvement that school officials feel will provide benefits for both students and staff.