BROADALBIN, N.Y. – Residents of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District will vote Tuesday on a proposed $2,155,000 capital project that will address repairs to sections of existing roofing, upgrades to the districts core technology infrastructure, and future parking at the perth site.
If approved, state building aid would cover 81.3 percent of the cost, while the district would use $321,629 in EXCEL money and funds from its debt service reserve to offset the local share of the project.
In short, if approved, there would be no increase in the local tax levy to pay for the project.
The district would use $1.65 million to replace the roof over the 1934 wing of the school, and the 1931 main building at the Perth site. The last time these sections of roof were replaced was in 1995.
"The roof is the most valuable part of our building's infrastructure,' said Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson. ‘As any homeowner knows, when your roof is leaking, you have to fix it. But because our roofs are out of warranty, our repair costs are astronomical. It makes more sense financially to replace these sections of roof now and enjoy the benefits of a new roof and the 15-year warranty that comes with it."
Around $450,000 of the capital project funds would be used to update the district's technology infrastructure. The current system was installed in 1998 and is approximately seven years past its useful lifespan.
The final part of the proposed project is the purchase of about 40 acres of land adjacent to the Perth site at a cost of $65,000. The land would be used at a future date to expand parking at the site, which houses the district's intermediate and middle schools.