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Plans For Phase II of Potsdam Central School’s capital project nearing completion

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POTSDAM - Potsdam Central School District Superintendent Patrick H. Brady says the district is preparing to send its plans for the second phase of its current capital project to the State Education Department for approval.

“We’re getting ready to send Phase II to SED,” he said to booard of education members this week.

Phase II of the $18 million project will include work work at Lawrence Avenue Elementary, AA Kingston Middle School and the high school, as well as at the bus garage and a district-wide fire alarm system upgrade.

Work at the bus garage is expected to cost $565,760 with major components including the replacement and relocation of the district’s fuel tank at a cost of $208,000, as well as repaving the area surrounding the bus garage for $272,360.

At Lawrence Avenue Elementary the district is expected to spend $971,850 with major componets including the replacement of lighting fixtures at $451,000 and the replacement of the building’s dishwasher at $169,950.

Work at the middle school includes replacing lighting fixtures at a cost of $549,200, updates to the building’s electric distribution system at a cost of $438,800 and the reconstruction of the district’s parking lot at a cost of $600,000. When totaled, work, which also includes several other smaller projects, totals $2,256,500.

The bulk of the work though is at the high school, where work is expected to total $7,539,290, including $3,860,800 for a new heating system, $1,742,840 for siding and window replacement on the 1924 portion of the building and $669,900 to replace the building’s lighting fixtures.

Steve Klempa of SEI Design Group told board members it was his firm’s intentions to have their project submitted to the state within the next couple of weeks,

“SED has been backed up with project reviews,” Mr. Klempa said, adding that the majority of the projects are related to efforts to become more energy efficient, as is the case with Potsdam’s project.

Mr. Klempa told board members that the project may end up taking two years, as the education department requires school districts to have heat in their buildings available until May 30, with only a brief window for heating work to be done, noting heat also has to be available as of June 15.

“It’s the commission’s regulation, and we have to meet that,” Mr. Klempa said.

Mr. Klempa also noted that when the board meets on Oct. 15 they’ll be asked to approve conceptual designs and a budget for the former Building Blocks Day Care building.

Mr. Brady has said in the past that he’s expecting this to be a small project with a budget of about $350,000.

That project will consist of renovations to the building to prepare it for use by BOCES as a special education facility.

Mr. Klempa said his firm and the district are both on track to have a referrendum on that project in December, with the hopes of BOCES occupying the building by the end of August 2014.

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