DANSVILLE--During its regular meeting on Aug. 14, Dansville School District Board of Education approved two propositions for a public vote on Oct. 16. The propositions include purchasing two adjacent parcels of land along Route 63 across from the school campus, and a capital project that will give upgrades to all of the school buildings.
Combined, the propositions would cost $10 million, and will have no impact on the local taxes.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” Superintendent Paul Alioto said. “It gives us a chance to improve learning conditions for kids and athletic conditions for kids.”
The capital project includes a complete renovation of the high school auditorium, reconstructing new elementary school music rooms, air conditioning in the elementary school, security enhancements throughout the entire campus as well as at the bus garage, plus performing various preventative maintenance items that were identified through a Building Condition Survey (BCS) by the district’s architects and engineers, which is conducted every five years.
In addition, the propositions include moving the district offices to the former Livingston Mutual Insurance building across the street from the campus and renovating the current district office space to accommodate its full-day pre-k classes as well as its new half-day pre-k classes for three-year-olds.
In addition to acquiring the four-acre office parcel, the proposition also includes the purchase of an adjacent two-acre lot currently owned by Matthews Buses, which would be renovated for sports practices, a pickleball court that would be open to the public and parking for about 80 cars.
If voters approve the purchase, “we’re going to have to develop a plan to improve the property, and those improvements will have to go before the voters also,” Alioto said.
New York State would fund 88 percent of the costs of the propositions, and the rest would come from the district’s capital reserve fund, requiring no additional cost from the taxpayers.
Alioto said if approved, the capital project could be started and completed as soon as summer 2020. The property renovation across the street could be done sooner.