Voters OK Saranac Lake Central School District’s Capital Project

Kim Fitzgerald reads aloud tallies from the capital project vote at Saranac Lake High School Tuesday night. (Enterprise photo — Kelly Carroll)

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake Central School District voters approved an $18.7 million capital project Tuesday.

The community voted for the project 329 to 77, bringing the grand total to 406 voters, including absentee and affidavit ballots. The turnout was better than school officials expected, Superintendent Diane Fox said.

“We thank the people who came out to vote, certainly on this off time and a very snowy day,” Fox said. “We’re excited. We’re going to start our projects tomorrow with our board meeting, and get going, get the next steps going.”

As part of the project, the district will make renovations and improvements to the Saranac Lake High School, Petrova Elementary/Middle School, Bloomingdale Elementary School, the former Lake Colby Elementary School, which is now used for day care services, and the district bus garage.

Reconfiguration of the bus drop off and parking area, roofing upgrades, replacement of the boilers and installation of a generator are planned for the Petrova/Middle School building.

At the high school, the capital project will pay for replacement of retaining walls, electrical system upgrades, track and field surface improvements, new bleachers, replacement of windows, installation of a new fire alarm system, replacement of the gym floor and a plan to connect the Industrial Arts Building to the school.

Plumbing, ventilation and electrical work is planned at Bloomingdale Elementary, while the Lake Colby School would see replacement of its stairs, electrical and plumbing upgrades. Flooring improvements, window replacement, and electrical and plumbing work are planned for the bus garage.

District officials expect to tackle the project in three phases: a $2 million Phase 1A, expected to start in summer 2017, focused on Petrova and the high school, a $10.4 million Phase 1, expected to take place in 2018 and a $6.4 million Phase 2, to take place in 2023.

School officials held a series of informational meetings on the plan over the past month and the vote Tuesday took place at Saranac Lake High School.