Orchard Park Central plans $114 million capital project | Education

The school board is expected to vote on the capital project in March. If approved, residents would vote in the annual budget vote on May 17. If they approve, construction will proceed in phases beginning in spring 2023 and ending in September 2026.

Lilleck and Jeffrey Petrus, deputy superintendent of business, said the investment project will not raise taxes because bond payments would be due as outstanding loans are repaid in future years. . The district would also use some of its reserve funds.

The superintendent said the project is a long-term plan that would innovate and improve the entire district. District schools are older and weren’t designed for current curricula, Lilleck said. The oldest, the college, was built in 1949.

“The buildings that were built in 1949 were not designed for today’s training,” Lilleck said. “We’re, quite honestly, just running out of space.”

The biggest investment would come with the construction of an eight-lane swimming pool that can accommodate 600 people. This would allow the district to host branch and ECIC meetings, he said. The cost of the complex is estimated at $14.44 million.

The pool opened as a gym in 1960 and was converted to a swimming pool in 1976. The current pool would once again be used as a general physical education space. The new pool would be built next to the current pool, with bleachers and a fitness/weight room on the second floor overlooking the pool.

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