CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Residents in the Cambridge Central School District saw results of their 2011 capital project vote on Saturday -- renovations to the kitchen, gym and infrastructure, totaling $8.03 million.
An open house was held to show off the new improvements, with tours being led by Board of Education member Dr. Thomas Wolski and Building Committee member Colleen McDonald.
The proposition for safety and efficiency repairs totaling $8,037,000 gave the K-12 school the ability to replace parking lots and sidewalks, rebuild the elementary playground, add new cooler and storage space to the kitchen as well as appliances, and upgrade the ventilation system which still remained in place from the 1950s.
"The kids are taking so much more pride in their school," said McDonald, leading a tour before Saturday's homecoming football game. "They're helping to keep things clean, and being really mindful of the new space."
Additionally, students have been given a new gymnasium, with replaced flooring, bleachers and new expanded storage space.
"The locker rooms still need to be done. Hopefully that's something we'll address in future projects," said Wolski.
Exterior doors and a secure entrance at the elementary side of the building have contributed to student safety, with new signs helping to direct visitors to the correct location.
"We're very proud of our signage," said McDonald, noting that it will ensure that not only visitors and parents know where they're going, but emergency response personnel will also.
A new clock and intercom system has resolved the issue of clocks running on different times -- which caused confusion, according to McDonald. "It was very antiquated."
The removal of the modular building adjacent to the sixth grade wing was done to improve safety along with the removal of empty septic tanks which has reduced the danger of a possible sink hole.
Asbestos removal, new windows, and energy-efficient automatic lighting rounded out the upgrades, with an annually budgeted $100,000 project for a controlled front entrance aimed to be completed by June 2014.
"We've had a good number of people today," said Superintendent Vince Canini. "They've been very pleased to see what we have been able to accomplish for our kids."
Bio-caches in the front and side parking lots are currently roped off and under evaluation by the contractor and their insurance company due to incorrect engineering. The work will be fixed at no additional expense and be accepted by the district after it is complete.
A second proposition, also voted on in 2011, did not pass. The proposition called for another $1.9 million in renovations, to create an up-to-date library media center in the high school and additional classroom rebuilding.
Officials hope necessary repairs will be accomplished in the future. Property owners in the district are reminded that the deadline for registration in the New York State STAR program, offering property tax relief, is Dec. 31. Visit www.tax.ny.gov to register.
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