Voters approve $9.7 million Waterford-Halfmoon project

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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— Voters in the Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District on Wednesday approved $9.7 million worth of building renovations.

Superintendent Tim Lange said the tally was 92-61. He called it a light turnout.

The work to be done involved upgrades to the original 1961 section of Waterford-Halfmoon’s school building.

The projects will improve safety and energy efficiency and ensure code compliance. Much of the work involves replacing 1961 vintage components of the building at 125 Middletown Road in the town of Waterford. Those include replacing heat-leaking single-pane windows, the ventilation and exhaust system in elementary school classrooms, outdated electrical subpanels, hazardous asbestos floor tile and a broken emergency generator.

Other improvements include fixing crumbling exterior masonry and concrete, making the main entrance accessible to people with disabilities, adding a canopy at the entrance to shield students waiting for buses from the weather, upgrading emergency and exit lighting and replacing bathroom fixtures.

Of the total cost, state building aid will cover about $7.1 million, leaving local property taxpayers with a $2.6 million share. The annual tax impact is estimated to be $35 a year for a homeowner with a basic STAR exemption who has a house with a full property assessed value of $100,000, a rough average for the school district.

The upgrades were identified in a five-year plan developed in 2010.

Work will begin in the summer of 2014 and take two construction seasons to complete, district officials said.

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