Ulster BOCES calls for support from school districts for improvements at two sites – Daily Freeman


KINGSTON, NY – Ulster BOCES officials have begun a tour of school districts to seek support for a $ 39 million investment project to improve BOCES facilities in Port Ewen and New Paltz.

The first presentation was given at a Kingston school board meeting on Wednesday. BOCES Superintendent Charles Khoury said the project is expected to start in 2024 and last for four years.

“Most of the construction and renovation work has to be done at a time when students are not present,” he said.

The project, about 40% of which would be funded by Ulster BOCES member school districts, will include $ 21 million in improvements to the Career and Technical Education Center in Port Ewen, $ 10.7 million in improvements to the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. in Port Ewen, and $ 7.3 million for the modernization of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning in New Paltz.

The project would include work on building environmental systems, ceiling lighting, fire alarm systems, masonry, windows, doors and toilets, among others.

Costs for Ulster BOCES ‘eight school districts are expected to be $ 11.9 million for Kingston, $ 3.3 million for Highland, $ 3.6 million for Rondout Valley, $ 4.2 million for New Paltz, $ 2.4 million for Onteora, $ 5 million for Saugerties, $ 5.6 million for Wallkill and $ 3 million for Ellenville.

Districts would recover around 61% of their costs in state aid, according to information provided to the Kingston school board.

BOCES is asking school boards in the eight districts to vote on the proposal between December 7 and 16. If the plan is not approved by all boards, BOCES could put the issue to a public referendum that would only require a simple majority of “yes” votes to get approval.

Kingston School District Superintendent Paul Padalino expressed concern that the project would limit the district’s ability to borrow for future needs.

“Our debt limit is lower than every other school district in New York State,” Padalino said Wednesday. “We have a lot of loans on our books right now. We have other capital plans, then we look at [the BOCES plan], which adds to our debt limit.

Khoury said the proposed improvements would be BOCES ‘first major investment project since the $ 15.2 million commitment approved in 1989.

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