December 12, 2019
Statement From Arkport Central:
On Dec. 12, 2019, Arkport Central School District residents voted to authorize the second of three planned phases of an ongoing capital improvement initiative for the 1936 school building.
Voters approved the $10.7 million project, 122 yes votes to 75 no votes.
“Thanks to all who found time in their busy schedules to vote today,” Superintendent of Schools Jesse Harper said. “Just like our residents during this bustling, festive season, the district has a long list of items to check off its list. Today’s show of support by our citizens empowers us to tackle a major one: making essential repairs and upgrades. I’m proud to serve a community committed to providing the best possible tomorrow for its students.”
There are no additional local taxes associated with the proposed $10.7 million project. District officials estimate 87% of the project would be paid for with state building aid. The remaining local share would be paid for with a combination of capital reserve funds ($1 million) and district debt replacement, meaning there would be zero additional local taxes for district residents. In 2022, Arkport anticipates paying off (i.e., retiring) some debt incurred from 2008 and 2016 capital projects.
The proposed second phase includes: replacing the 16-year-old steam boilers and piping with a new, high-efficiency hot water system; renovating the small gymnasium and fitness center; installing a new, secure main entrance; upgrading classrooms, offices and the nurse’s suite; renovating the bus garage and reconstructing the main driveway. Construction would begin in spring 2021 and be completed in spring 2022.