District submits plans to NYSED for proposed Capital Improvement Project

After several months of development and planning, the Goshen Central School District has submitted schematic plans for its Capital Improvement Project to the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The preliminary submission was prepared with input from teachers, community members, Board of Education members and district administrators.

NYSED will review preliminary submission to determine the proposed project’s eligibility for state aid.

“The Board of Education would like to present the community with a capital improvement project that meets the district’s needs and exercises fiscal responsibility – all without increasing the tax levy,” said Superintendent Daniel Connor.

Planning for the capital improvement project began during the 2015-16 school year. District officials decided to postpone a bond vote until the current school year to ensure that project details meet students’ needs for learning, safety, arts and music, health, physical education and athletics. A vote date has not yet been determined.

In August, schematic design for the project formally restarted with district architects, LAN Associates of Goshen. Presently, the proposed project includes site improvements, renovations, and additions at the Goshen High School as well as district-wide information technology (IT) infrastructure upgrades – all of which allow the district to increase its educational opportunities, improve learning environments, address safety and security, enhance its arts programs and upgrade its athletic facilities.

At this time, the proposed project is estimated to cost approximately $30 million. The district plans to use approximately $9 million from its capital reserve to help fund the project. The district will also use approximately $1.3 million allocated by New York State through the Smart School Bond Act to offset the cost of the district-wide IT infrastructure upgrades.

The Board of Education has unanimously decided that it will only put forth a capital improvement project to the community that does not have an additional effect on the tax levy. Financial details will be forthcoming; first, district officials must await word from NYSED about the project’s eligibility for state aid, and then meet with Fiscal Advisors who will advise the district as to whether or not the project meets the district’s goal of having no additional impact on the tax levy.

Upgrades to the Goshen High School include:

  • 15,000 square foot addition that will:
    • Provide four new classrooms, a nurse’s office, a guidance office and administrative offices located at the front of the high school.
    • Provide a more accessible, secure and prominent front entrance.
    • Improve communication and efficiency.
    • Transform the overall appearance of the Goshen High School.
  • 464 square foot kitchen addition at the rear of the building that will:
    • Provide adequate space to improve the efficiency of the cafeteria serving line.
    • Improve the overall appearance of the cafeteria.
  • New STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) Lab and Suite (converted from the industrial & visual arts program).
  • Upgrades to the music department, including a newly renovated choral room, new practice rooms and a renovated music department office, and upgraded seating, acoustics and lighting in the auditorium.
  • Five more classrooms, including two dedicated special education classrooms (converted from existing administrative offices).
  • New bus loop and parking lot that will:
  • Improve accessibility to the new front entrance of the High School.
  • Provide a safer drop-off pattern for buses, students, parents and visitors.
  • Athletic upgrades that include:
  • New artificial multi-use turf athletic field with 8-lane track and lighting (to replace existing track and football field) and 1,500 seat bleachers.
  • Concession stand, team locker rooms, training room, storage rooms and bathrooms.

Other site improvements at the high school include:

  • Repaired sidewalks, curbs and parking lot in front of ‘A’ wing.
  • Repaired sidewalk from Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School to new bus loop at the high school.
  • Window and locker replacement.
  • HVAC upgrades to replace aging air handling units.
  • New fire alarm system.
  • Roof repairs.
  • New wall partitions between the ‘A’ wing classrooms.

Upgrades to the district-wide IT infrastructure will:

  • Improve high speed broadband and wireless connectivity throughout the district by installing new Cat 6a cable, switches, routers, wireless access points, intercoms, clocks and a VOIP (Voice Over Internet P) phone system.

Details about the capital improvement project will be shared as information becomes available. A detailed newsletter will be mailed to all residents. In addition, the Board of Education plans to hold a public information meeting before the Thanksgiving recess.

Residents are encouraged to email questions about the proposed capital improvement project to Public Information Specialist Christina Gore at christina.gore@gcsny.org. Questions will be answered in 2-3 business days and answers will be posted to the district website.