Voters approve $9.4 million capital project at OESJ 

ST. JOHNSVILLE — Oppenhiem-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District will be getting some more upgrades after its $9.4 million capital project was approved by the community.

The proposed project, which is expected to break ground in 2021, was passed on Tuesday with a tentative vote of 175 to 82.

The school district will be making several upgrades and improvement to its safety, infrastructure and learning environment in the Jr./Sr. high school and elementary school.

According to the district’s website, the changes that will be made at the Jr./Sr. high school will include replacing the PA system; updating the fire alarm system with wiring and addressable detectors; replacing all classroom doors or door handles and upgrading all locks to swipe card.

The district will also replace: all roof vents and blowers, all entrance doors, the white roof over cafeteria and hallways around the gym, two boilers and all pumps, the internal water and sewer lines, all exterior windows and the blinds and shades in all rooms.

Paving will be done from Center Street to the main entrance, the front parking lot and entrance road.

New lighting and ceiling tile will be put in and upgrades of finishes throughout the building are planned.

Changes to be made at the elementary school include upgrades to the fire alarm system with wiring and addressable detectors; replacing all classroom doors or door handles and upgrade locks to swipe card; replacing all entrance doors; upgrading the drinking water well, pumps and tanks; replacement of the internal water and sewer lines; a new roof for the information technology room and library; centralize IT data operations; replacing the gym sound system; new lighting and ceiling tiles; replacement of blinds and shades in all rooms; and upgrading finishes throughout the building.

Upgrades will be made to the bus garage as well, including replacing lifts and pistons; LED lighting; parking lot lighting; HVAC in the supervisor’s office; replacing the water reclaim system; replacing entrance doors, overhead doors and all windows; 15 additional parking spaces; and replace and resurface concrete floors and aprons.

To cover costs of the $9.4 million project, the school district is taking advantage of the 98 percent reimbursement provided by the merger incentive state aid from the creation of OESJ in December 2012. Two percent will come from the capital reserve, therefore, it will not have an impact on taxpayers.

By Kerry Minor

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