Salamanca School Voting $21.5 Million Capital Project | News
SALAMANCA — In addition to the school district’s annual budget, residents of the Central School District in the City of Salamanca will vote on Phase 4 of the $21.49 million capital improvement project underway with no tax increases.
The referendum will allow upgrades to the 50 Iroquois Drive campus, including upgrades to sports fields and renovations to maintenance and transportation buildings.
“We thought it would be appropriate to get back into the community and let them know where we are,” District Superintendent Robert Breidenstein said. “We’ve updated some additional work and the scope of this project to complete the previously upgraded renovations and add some pretty exciting elements to the project.”
The Phase 4 project would include a complete renovation of the 15-year-old Athletics, converting it to eight lanes; multipurpose grass pitches inside the track, including lacrosse, soccer and football; a new grass softball field; relocation and expansion of tennis courts; renovations and upgrades to the existing maintenance building with restrooms, concessions and spectator areas; and added parking near the track, Breidenstein said.
“We stayed true to the main mission of the previous project, but we also had the ability to improve the project quite significantly and dramatically to meet our expectations of excellence,” he explained.
The project also includes approximately $290,000 in security upgrades around the Iroquois Drive campus and renovations to Seneca Intermediate science classrooms.
The cost of all aspects of Phase 4 construction will have no impact on the local tax levy. Funding for work, construction, and related contingencies will come from existing district financial reserves and various forms of New York State assistance. The net result is zero tax impact while securing upgrades worth $21,489,881.
“There will be some project aid capacity, and that boils down to certain elements of the complex as it is attached to the main campus,” he said, noting physical education aid as an avenue. possible.
Design work has been underway for two years with district stakeholders including the athletic, buildings and grounds departments, and support from architectural firm LaBella Associates and the construction management team of Turner Construction, Breidenstein said. District staff have strived to consider the local environment, heritage and culture and design an impressive facility where students, athletes and the community can achieve excellence.
“With voter approval, we’ll sit down in the next design phase and work out those details,” he added. “The first part of the process will be to review the construction documents.”
If the project is rejected, Breidenstein said the district will continue to reach out and work with the community to move the school toward the vision the community has in mind. Since the failed “Salamanca 2020” project vote in 2015, all five previous votes related to the project have passed with overwhelming community support.
“We have seen with our STEAM addition the excitement and success it has had with our academics,” he said. “We have seen the incredible level of community support for the work we have done at Vets Park. … Other schools now come to us to help them with their fields.
Since 2017, the district has garnered community support for renovations, additions, security upgrades, maintenance, general repairs, and property acquisitions to enhance academic programs and outdoor amenities. These improvements have also included a substantial investment in technology, safety/security measures, STEAM spaces, catering, air conditioning, libraries, infrastructure, roofing and the centerpiece of the district, Veterans Memorial Park.
“We believe that with the renovations to the athletics, softball field, and tennis and pickleball courts, we will be able to continue to host large-scale events, which has an economic impact on the community and brings people to the community,” he added. “We always look ahead with a keen eye to the future and ensure that our properties and amenities with our goals and our financial ability to pay for them without coming back to the community for additional taxes.”