Fall start eyed for project

GLOVERSVILLE – Work on the Gloversville Enlarged School District’s capital project could begin as early as this fall, district officials said.

During a recent meeting of the Board of Education, it was announced the $37.8 million project will be split up into three phases, with each being sent to the state Education Department for approval.

Kevin Kucel, a school board member, said phase one will be submitted to the education department June 28. Bidding for the project is expected to start Sept. 14.

Phase one will consist of work to the high school and middle school, including replacing the stage curtains at both schools and site work on the track in the fall. The track will be completed in fall 2017.

Site work for the soccer fields will begin after the soccer and field hockey seasons end. Softball and baseball fields are also part of phase one, but Kucel said the construction plan is not finalized yet.

“A lot of that hinges on what type of winter we have. They’re looking to get the site work done before the frost gets into the ground,” Kucel said.

In spring 2017, the turf field will be installed and the new track put in place, with completion in fall 2017 to accommodate the sports season.

“We’re not going to lose any time or usage on that [turf] field for the season,” Kucel said.

Phase two, which will include the elementary buildings, will be submitted in September, with a bid period expected in June 2017. The phase will include removal of the tennis courts and installing a new basketball court at Boulevard Elementary; removal of the track and tennis courts at Park Terrace and reworking its parking lot. Phase two will also include work on the district’s transportation building.

Phase three will be sent for approval in March 2017 and is expected to go out to bid in November 2017. It will include interior renovations to the high school and middle school. Kucel said the project should be finished in 2019.

Superintendent Michael Vanyo said when the district first looked at the project, it was expected to take two years.

He said the altered time line of three years will allow the school to start work on the fields and track while approvals go through for the more complex building projects.

The project was approved by district voters in November.

Kerry Minor covers Gloversville. She can be reached at [email protected]

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