The Valley Central School District Capital Project renovations are fully underway nearly two months into the 2021-2022 school year. In May, voters approved a Capital Project Bond to make upgrades and improvements at the middle school and high school.
At the Valley Central High School and Middle School complex, renovations include the redesign of the parking lot to create new entrance and exit areas. The project, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT), involves the addition of newly installed traffic lights and turn lanes on Route 17K to alleviate congestion near the building’s main entrance.
In addition, the reconfiguration of bus lanes and parent drop off areas creates an efficient and safer area for students being dropped off and picked up. Upgrades and additional lighting in the east parking lot at the high school will increase safety and visibility for students, parents and faculty.
Over on the high school campus, the construction of an outdoor restroom facility for larger events near the stadium and outdoor fields is being built to alleviate usage of the main building. District officials shared that existing utility lines will be used to build the new structure which will maximize cost savings.
Inside the high school, the school’s pool dehumidification system is being improved. In the auditorium, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades will be completed.
According to information provided by the Valley Central School District, both propositions combined will cost $14,286,812 with an estimated 75.6% building aid from New York State expected on eligible project expenses. In addition, $325,000 is being applied from the District’s Capital Reserve to reduce the tax impact.