Galway Schools: $ 3.1 million capital project

GALWAY – Galway Central School District is proposing a $ 3.1 million capital improvement project for urgent repairs.

On March 29, the Galway CSD Education Council passed a resolution to bring a capital improvement project to the attention of voters. The NYS Department of Education requires districts to complete a Building Condition Survey (BCS) every five years, and this investment project addresses issues that have arisen in more recent ones. CSArch, the district architects, ranked all of the BCS recommendations as an immediate need and requested that they be addressed in the first year of the project.

The project includes the following to be done at the bus garage:

Replacement of underground gas and diesel tanks with aboveground storage tanks. Replacement of the fuel delivery system with a modern system that will contribute to fuel consumption and efficiency. Replacement of underground oil heating tanks with above ground storage tanks. Sanitize the soil if necessary. Replacement of two lifts. Repair concrete floors in utility bays and provide epoxy flooring in utility bays and rooms room. Rebuild the roadway with resistant asphalt in various places. And, replace the oil / water separator which is too small and not working well.

The Galway CSD says these improvements will help their mechanics, Scott Hollbrook and Denis Ryder, in their efforts to keep the district’s fleet, drivers and students safe. In addition, getting students to school safely requires commitment and effort on the part of many professionals. At the base of it all is a safe fleet of buses and a safe facility to work on them. Galway CSD is classified as a preferred carrier by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT).

The project will also allow:

Replace an underground fuel tank in front of the college / high school which was installed in 1988. Replace the runway pavilion that collapsed in the winter of 2020, moving its location to add two separate toilets, a sink and storage for future concessions, and with a storage cupboard. Replace the storage shed near the track with a larger building that can accommodate the storage of sports equipment.

In order to maximize state aid, the proposed 2021 investment project will include minor renovations in the following areas that were not affected in the 2016 investment project, including: toilets near the auditorium, toilets near the offices and the floor near the entrance to the auditorium and gymnasium.

The total cost of the proposed capital improvement project will be $ 3.1 million. The district will use $ 100,000 of the capital reserve, resulting in a bond of $ 3 million over 15 years. For eligible expenses, New York State Building Assistance will reimburse 78.7% of the proposed capital improvement project. After subtracting the retirement debt and capital reserve funds, as well as NYS Building Aid, the net local share will be around $ 65,000 / year.

If the proposed capital improvement project is approved, the design and construction documents will be finalized in the fall of 2021. Approval by the NYS Department of Education will take place in the winter of 2021-2022. The tendering process will take place in winter 2022 and construction will begin in spring / summer 2022.

Residents of the Galway Central School District will have the chance to learn more about the proposed Capital Improvement Project at the following information sessions:

Galway Faculty and Staff: Tuesday April 27, 2021 6:30 p.m. Virtual, link will be posted on

Galway CSD Residents: Tuesday April 27, 2021 at 7.15pm Virtual, the link will be posted on

Annual budget hearing: Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. In person, HS Library

Residents will vote on the proposed capital improvement project during the regular school budget vote on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

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