Dec. 11, 2018 -- Marcellus Central School District residents voted to authorize the district to proceed with a capital improvement project to address critical maintenance issues affecting the teaching and learning environment for both students and staff.
Voters approved the $9.95 million project, 325 yes votes to 79 no votes.
“Thank you to all who found time in their busy holiday schedules to vote today,” Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner said. “I feel fortunate to live in and serve a community that consistently values and supports education.”
Based on recommendations made in the district’s most recent Building Condition Survey (2015), Marcellus asked voters to approve an expenditure to: replace the 30-year-old steam boilers and piping in Driver Middle School with a new, high-efficiency hot water system; replace all the original wooden sash windows with energy-efficient options equipped with screens; repair drainage issues that lead to basement flooding after heavy rainfall at the middle school; make crawl space drainage repairs at the high school; resurface the track and turf field at the high school athletic stadium; and retrofit the existing lighting there to LED to improve energy efficiency and reduce light pollution affecting campus neighbors. Construction would take place during the summers of 2020 and 2021.
There are no additional local taxes associated with the project. District officials estimate 80 percent of the project will be paid for with state building aid. The remaining local share will be financed through district debt replacement, meaning there will be zero additional local taxes for district residents. In 2021, Marcellus anticipates paying off debt incurred from a 2005 capital project.