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EXCEL grant offers facility upgrade aid

Officials say aging systems to be upgraded, made more energy-efficient

A generator failure at Saranac Central School prompted emergency action by the school board and left afterschool programs in the dark in October, prompting further discussion about replacing the district’s aging infrastructure.

A generator failure at Saranac Central School prompted emergency action by the school board and left afterschool programs in the dark in October, prompting further discussion about replacing the district’s aging infrastructure. File photo

— The project includes improvements at all school district buildings including Saranac Middle/High School; Saranac Elementary School; Morrisonville Elementary School; the bus garage; maintenance facility, and district-wide improvements to replace outdated telephone systems. Installing handicapped-accessible push button doors at all facilities is another part of the project.

The three campuses will also get new energy-efficient windows and door replacements, will have fire alarm devices replaced and updated system programming installed.

Major project renovations call for a heating system replacement for the elementary school, water filtration and domestic pipe replacement at the middle/high school, and roof reconstruction at the bus garage.

Public informational meetings on the plan have been scheduled prior to a vote scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 13. The first was held Nov. 15; the second will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Saranac Middle School. The informational meetings will feature a presentation by SEI Design, an architectural, planning and consulting firm.

Cringle said private presentations can be arranged for any resident who is unable to make either meetings.

The school board is also inviting all members of the community to tour the school facilities before the day of the vote. Cringle said he hopes that by showing the community the needs of the school district with informational pamphlets mailed out to residents, holding informative meetings and bringing the community in to see the facilities, the community will see how important the system upgrades are.

“I hope the community will see this is a much needed project because of its limited scope on energy, health and safety items,” he said.

The Dec. 13 vote will be held from noon until 8 p.m. at Saranac Middle School.

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