Capital Project - 2020

Phase II of Health/Safety/Security Enhancements and Addressing Outdated Building Conditions

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from 8 AM - 8 PM at the
Ellenville High School Media Center

Project Overview

Scope of Work

Supporting Documents

Capital Project Presentation  (PDF )

See the proposed work:

Project Goals

  • Increase health/safety/security in our buildings
  • Enhance student programs & athletics
  • Address highest priority infrastructure updates identified in the state-mandated Building Condition Survey
  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Comply with fire, ADA, and other required building codes


  • State Aid is anticipated to cover approximately 55 percent of the costs.
  • Based on today’s equalization and apportionment calculations, it is anticipated that the resulting tax increase would be approximately $10 per month per $100,000 of assessed value.
  • The increase would be phased in over two years, with the first increase of approximately $5 per month expected in 2020.
  • Payments would continue for 15 years.

Districtwide Windows & Doors

Replace inefficient windows (including some single-pane) and outdated interior and exterior doors, to increase safety/security and to improve energy efficiency. Many are original to the building.

Districtwide Paving & Concrete Upgrades

Replace cracked, heaving, and deteriorated parking lots (to create a new traffic pattern), driveways, and sidewalks to correct drainage issues and enhance safety. Create a paved emergency access road to enhance safety.

Districtwide Weatherproofing of Building Exteriors

Replace and reseal crumbling exterior brick to prevent weather elements from entering buildings and causing damage (address highest priority locations).

Districtwide Access for All & Other Improvements

  • Provide ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant upgrades, such as handrails in stairwells, ramps, drinking fountains, and door hardware.
  • Replace remainder of end-of-life roofing.
  • Upgrade restrooms, including the replacement of end-of-life plumbing and sanitary piping where needed.
  • Install new fire safety mechanisms, including a sprinkler in HS basement and upgrades to energy efficient LED emergency/exit lighting at the ES and MS.
  • Replace ineffective and inefficient (some original to the building), end-of-life roof condenser units and roof exhausts that have exceeded their useful life.
  • Demolish the Church Street storage building and rebuild a 1,000 sq. ft. safe and efficient storage facility.
  • Reconstruct ECSD main sign.

Districtwide New Security Entrances

Reconfigure all building entrances to create secure holding areas where visitors can be screened before gaining access to student-occupied areas.

Elementary School: What's Included

  • Expand cafeteria to better accommodate size of student body and allow for reasonably timed lunch periods (lunch is currently scheduled from 10:20 AM to 1:56 PM due to insufficient space).
  • Repave cracked and deteriorated playground surface and provide paved sidewalk access from gymnasium to address safety concerns.
  • Expand antiquated library to support modern educational use.
  • Install fire-rated transaction windows at school bank/store to address fire code compliance.
  • Install new vinyl composite tile (VCT) flooring at classroom sinks (many are cracked or missing).
  • Install climate control in select music gathering spaces to improve air quality.
  • Upgrade Nurse’s office to comply with ADA requirements.

Middle School: What's Included

  • Reconstruct failing retaining wall and correct storm water drainage issues between the ES and MS.
  • Expand guard railings at library mezzanine to address safety concerns and meet code.
  • Replace deteriorated roof access ladder.
  • Reconstruct canopy over main entrance.
  • Install weather-tight flashing for exterior louvers to prevent water infiltration and protect building integrity.

High School Infrastructure: What's Included

  • Install energy-efficient occupancy sensors on unit ventilators that control outside fresh air exchange.
  • Mitigate moisture penetration through the Business Office floor where ground water seeps in.
  • Reconstruct canopy by the boiler room loading dock.
  • Replace deteriorated and/or missing crawl space vents (exterior louvers).
  • Replace deteriorated exterior stairs, treads, and railings.
  • Reconstruct broken terrazzo tread stairwell to prevent tripping and further deterioration.
  • Replace insufficient electrical panels to provide better distribution and meet the demands of modern-day electrical use.
  • Replace deteriorated roof access ladders.
  • Install new/reconstruct damaged drainage piping to correct storm water management issues.
  • Replace insufficient and inefficient main shut off valves to backflow preventer.

High School Student Program: What's Included

  • Renovate auditorium, including replacing malfunctioning seating, antiquated lighting, and insufficient sound system.
  • Upgrade library to support modern technology infrastructure and provide flexible learning space.
  • Expand Television/Radio Studio classroom to accommodate student occupancy levels.
  • Remove classroom casework to increase floor space.

Athletics: What's Included

  • Update gymnasium finishes.
  • Renovate Boys & Girls locker rooms at the MS, including new tiles, flooring, walls, and ceiling.
  • Construct a new Track and Field facility including:
    • Correct drainage and irrigation issues and install new natural turf/sod field surface.
    • Replace dilapidated two-story press box/concession stand.
    • Replace deteriorated and insecure fencing.
    • Improve electrical/data infrastructure.
    • Install new home bleachers (relocate current bleachers to visitor bleachers).
    • Demolish dilapidated athletic storage shed and provide new storage area within the new bleacher unit.
    • Replace end-of-life scoreboard and flagpole.
    • Install new Track competition areas such as pole vault, discus, and shot put, and provide provisions for athlete timing system.
    • Install new Soccer goals.
  • Reconstruct Baseball and Softball fields, including the addition of new backstops and covered dugouts, as well as remediate drainage issues that cause puddles and impede field use.
  • Replace deteriorated fencing around Basketball court.
  • Regrade and repave parking lot near "Liepold Fields" complex to remedy drainage issues.
  • Install a footbridge to connect all athletic facilities to improve safety.
  • Replace deteriorated fencing around Liepold Fields.
  • Construct a 920 sq. ft. athletic storage building, with electricity, at Liepold Fields.