Dear Grand Island Community:
The New York State Education Department requires school districts to submit a Building Conditions Survey (BCS) every five years. A BCS is a thorough inspection conducted by a school district selected team consisting of at least one architect or engineer. The team conducts a visual inspection of all occupied school buildings to assess the current conditions of all program spaces in addition to major building systems and their components.
Upon receipt of our BCS in 2017, we developed a facilities committee to further review and prioritize the needs as well as develop possible solutions. This dedicated team of Board of Education members, teachers, staff, community members and district administrators met monthly, for 10 months, in order to develop recommendations that address the needs of our school system. The recommendations of the committee led to the development of a scope of work by our architectural firm that falls within four major areas: safety and security, health and welfare, maintenance, and program improvements.
Under the scope of safety and security, the $24.1 million capital project plan includes reconfiguring the front entrances at both the high school and middle school so visitors to those buildings will enter into a designated office area immediately upon entry. Under the scope of safety and health, a high priority is to replace the roofs at Sidway and Kaegebein elementary schools. The project includes renovations at each building. Updates to the high school musical wing, which is used daily by hundreds of high school and middle school students, will include adding water and a unisex bathroom to the wing. The project also includes a multi-sport synthetic turf complex which can be used by a variety of our sports teams, as well as by our physical education teachers during the day. Details about the scope of work.
If this is the first time you have become aware of the project, I encourage you to view the narrated PowerPoint presentation.
Your vote is important and I encourage you to learn more about the scope of the project. Voting will take place Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. in the Grand Island High School foyer.
Dr. Brian Graham, Superintendent of Schools
2019 Capital Project
Capital Project Vote Date
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Grand Island High School Foyer, 1100 Ransom Road
Voter Identification Required (no pre-registration required)
Public Hearing Dates
In order to share information with the community prior to the vote, two public hearings have been scheduled. The same presentation will be made at both sessions. Two dates were chosen to accommodate community members' schedules during a busy time of year. The hearings will be in the Professional Development Room at Grand Island High School.
- Dec. 20, 2018 - 6 p.m.
- Jan. 3, 2019 - 6 p.m.