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Nyack Schools Planning Capital Improvements

The Nyack Public Schools Board of Education will hear options for plans to make the capital improvements approved by school district voters in the October referendum during the school board meeting set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Upper Nyack Elementary School.

The bonds that will pay for $21.5 of the $26.4 million in improvements will be staggered over the upcoming years as will the work on the projects themselves. The board must also decide what criteria to use when prioritizing the work.

"What the board has to engage in is a priority listing," Nyack Superintendent Dr. James Montesano said during a previous meeting. 
"What projects will get done what years. We are looking at a number of variables such as life safety enhancements and immediate educational benefit, such as technology."

Among other factors are the conditions of existing buildings and equipment due to be replaced or repaired, potential cost savings to the district through some of the improvements, logistical considerations in coordinating the work and the need to continue to use the buildings as the work is being done. 

Plans for many of the projects will have to go through the state for approval, which is also time consuming. Montesano said there is a 26-week lag time from when plans get to the state to when they are reviewed. 

"We will walk the board and the community through those things going forward," Montesano said.

The full meeting agenda and the PowerPoint for the presentation are on the Nyack Public Schools website here. The PowerPoint is also attached to this report as a PDF file. The plan outlines three options for plans, all with work through the summer of 2019. 

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