Fayetteville-Manlius residents to vote on $10.5 million capital project

Project would address infrastructure issues with no new tax dollars

— The Fayetteville-Manlius School District will ask residents in March to vote on a $10.5 million capital project proposal as part of the district’s ongoing efforts to maintain and upgrade its facilities, including replacing aging roof sections at four school buildings.

“We have serious infrastructure issues that we need to stay on top of,” said F-M Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Michael Vespi. “We’re very concerned about the school roofs because the warranties on them expire in 2013. Each area targeted to be replaced is almost 20 years old, and at some of the schools we’ve already had issues with water leaks after weather events.”

On Dec. 10, the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education approved holding a public vote on the $10.5 million capital project proposal. In addition to the roof projects, the proposal includes:

—$2.1 million to replace the Mott Road Elementary School heating system;

—$405,000 to bring Mott Road classroom sinks in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and replace the cabinets and countertops around the new sinks as well as the casework around new classroom heating units; and

—$217,000 to expand the bleachers at the district’s main athletic field next to F-M High School.

The proposal is subject to voter approval. District residents will vote on the proposal March 12 at Fayetteville Elementary School.

If the project is approved, the work would be paid for with $8.1 million from bonds that the district would pay off over a 15-year period using state building aid. The project’s remaining $2.4 million cost would be paid for with money from the district’s capital reserve fund.

As a result, district officials anticipate no impact on the local tax rate. The proposal would not affect the school district’s operating budget.

In addition to voting March 12 on the capital project proposal, district residents will also vote on whether the district can use $2.4 million from the capital reserve fund to pay for the projects.

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