DANSVILLE — The Dansville Central School District Board of Education is currently considering approving its second capital project for the year. The project would include renovations to the interior school buildings as well as building new athletic fields at the main campus as well as at the newly purchased property across the street.
Representatives from LaBella Associates updated the Board on the scope of work, cost estimate and timeline of a the $7.76 million proposed capital improvement project during the board’s regular meeting on March 12.
This project is in addition to the $10 million proposal that voters approved last October, and like that project, would not result in an increase in taxes. The district is expecting to receive about $5 million in state aid, with the rest coming from the district’s capital reserves. The proposal is expected be decided by the board at its April 23 meeting, with a voter referendum scheduled for June 25.
A reason for having two projects proposed in one school year is due to the change in aid Governor Cuomo is proposing for school districts. If the governor’s proposal goes through, after July 1, a project such as this would need to have about $20 million worth of work done inside the school buildings to qualify for enough state aid to renovate the outdoor facilities.
“That’s just probably not going to happen,” superintendent Dr. Paul Alioto later told The Express. “I don’t see us conducting a major $20 million or $25 million project in the future.”
The school district has yet to decide on what would happen to Ralph Clements Field, but Dr. Alioto said he plans on talking to the town, village, county and hospital to see if they could make use of it. Also, he would consider the option of placing it on the open market.
“We’ll need to engage the community and ask them what they think,” Alioto said.”If approved by the board, the project would include the following two propositions”
Building new outdoor physical education and athletic facilities at the main campus; plus renovating to the high school technology wing; and elementary and primary school HVAC upgrades.
The outdoor athletic facilities’ overhaul at the main campus includes a new multi-purpose field for soccer and football; plus PE stations for lacrosse, handball and field hockey. The athletic field would also include a new eight-lane track, a new grandstand and concessions building, additional parking, two new playgrounds, new gated access and emergency service roads, a scoreboard and restroom facilities.
“The kids will play on anything,” Alioto said about the current, inadequate soccer fields behind the school buildings. “The parents demand something better for the kids and we’re going to give it to them.”
Dr. Alioto said the state won’t chip in for the scoreboard, restrooms or grandstand, so the school will have to find another revenue source for those items, including finding sponsors.
High school technology improvements would include turning three separate rooms--a Family and Consumer Science (FACS) room, a regular classroom and a business room into two rooms, plus new flooring and paint.
The second proposal includes building athletic facilities at the district’s new property across the street. There, LaBella set plans for six new tennis courts (with the ability for community pickleball), perimeter sidewalk and fencing, lighting, restrooms, and a crosswalk.
If approved by voters in June, the work could start in the summer of 2020 (for tennis courts) and the summer of 2021 for the rest of the project. The tennis courts could be finished by December 2020, with the rest expected to be completed by December 2022.
LaBella’s slide presentation can be viewed on the district’s website as an attachment to the board of education minutes for March 12, 2019.
In other business:
The board awarded the following Winter Sports athletes and coaches with certificates of recognition.
Coach Kristen Moose
Coaches Larry and Phyllis Greene