Johnson City School District capital project vote passes

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — After a vote on Wednesday, Johnson City School District now has the go-ahead from the community to make $28.9 million of improvements.

School officials say the preliminary vote passed 248-171.

“It’s a big move because our K-8 building, for one where most of the project is located at, is 15-years-old,” explained Mary Kay Roland, Johnson City School District Superintendent.

The approval of the Renewal 20/20 Capital Project means taxpayers will now see their bill go up in Johnson City by .244% starting in the 2020-21 fiscal year.

The busy bus parking lot at the elementary-middle school has plans to be reconstructed to keep students, staff and other drivers safe during drop-off and pick-up times.

The elementary-middle school and high school are located one campus in Johnson City. The district told 12 News that some of the improvements include:

High School

  • Upgrading pool heating system
  • Rebuilding cooling tower to increase efficiency
  • Replace refrigeration systems for walk in cooler/freezer

Elementary-Middle School

  • New LED lighting
  • Replace cooling tower to increase efficiency
  • Replace dishwasher booster heater
  • Reconstruct bus parking lot
  • Improve outdoor draining system
  • Making entrances safer with increased checkpoints and card readers
  • Building a Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) lab addition

Transportation Complex

  • Advanced energy controls
  • New LED lighting

Superintendent Roland says when it comes down to it some of the upgrades are not just for improving the quality of learning, but the safety for those who use the buildings.

“Having 2,000 people go in and out of it Monday through Friday, and heavy community use on the weekends we have gotten to the point where some issues need to be taken care of,” explained Roland.

New York State still has to approve the referendum, which could take weeks. The district said it would then begin scheduling work, which is expected to start in 2020.

A timeline of the project can be found here.

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