Building Our Future Now
The Horseheads Central School District comprehensive capital project, approved by voters in October 2017, is underway. The project includes several phases, with the first and second phase aproved by the State Education Department and construction begun. The third phase, which includes extensive renovations at Horseheads High School, is in the design phase. The final phases will begin when the design work for the High School phase is complete. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2021.
We will add links to presentations and videos from updates to the Board of Education by the architects and construction manager as soon as possible. The June 21 meeting reviews the entire project and includes information on all phases.
The district-wide capital improvement project, approved by voters in October 2017, is underway. The project, known as “Horseheads 2030: Building Our Future Now,” has been in the planning stages since 2016.
After voters approved the project, the district began planning and submitting plans for portions of the project to the New York State Education Department (SED), as is required by law. The project has been divided into several phases, and much of the current work focuses on improving safety.
In this initial phase of the project, the scope of work at the elementary schools and part of the High School deals with basic infrastructure, including roof replacement, parking lot repair/replacement, heating/ventilating, etc. Plans for these projects were submitted to SED soon after the project was approved, and SED approval came back in time for the district to bid out the projects and for some construction to begin as soon as school ended in June.
Portions of the roof at Big Flats have been replaced this summer.
Roof replacement at Big Flats is nearing completion, in coordination with heating/ventilating reinstallation and replacement. Sidewalks will be repaired, and playground pavement areas replaced. Electrical panels and drinking fountains will also be replaced and/or upgraded. After this work is complete, exterior doors will be replaced and emergency lighting installed.
Future work includes entranceway improvements, traffic flow and parking lot improvements, and playground upgrades.
Center Street’s roof is currently being replaced. Heating and ventilating units are being upgraded, and ductwork and lighting in the cafeteria and gym are being replaced. Sidewalks and playground pavement are being repaired, and new emergency lighting is being installed.
Future work includes boiler and heating/ventilating upgrades and playground and traffic flow improvements.
The cafeteria ceiling at Center Street is removed in preparation for new ductwork and new roof drains.
Many roofs on district buildings were at the end of their useful life. A new roof is being installed at Center Street (above), as well as portions of the High School South Wing (below), Big Flats, and Ridge Rd.
Gardner Road will have new heating & ventilation and ductwork. All corridor ceilings will be raised when reinstalled.
Gardner Road is undergoing the most extensive exterior work because it was in need of the most work. The parking lot is in the process of being completely replaced to bring it to currrent standards and to improve safety and traffic flow. New storm chamber systems have been installed. New light poles will also be installed, and sidewalks will be repaired.
The critical work on the parking lot will result in separate lanes for buses and parent drop-off.
Ceilings in the K wing, main office, and corridors have been removed to install new heating/ventilating ductwork and plumbing. Corridor ceilings will be raised to a more standard level when reinstalled.
Ceilings will not be complete when school begins because more work is to come, including technology improvements.
Future work includes new exterior doors, playground upgrades, main entrance improvements, more roofing, and technology improvements.
The parking lot at Gardner Road, which was at the end of its useful life, is being replaced and will create better traffic flow and a safer parking area for students, staff, and parents.
Ridge Road will have new heating/ventilation and duct work. All corridor ceilings will be raised when reinstalled.
The boiler at Ridge Road is original to the building. It is currently in the process of being replaced with a high efficiency hot water boiler.
The playground equipment near the corner of Ridge and Wygant roads is being moved further from the road, and a new, vehicle-restraining safety fence is being installed to increase safety.
Like our other elementary schools, Ridge Road will also see emergency lighting upgrades, playground pavement and sidewalk repair, and exterior door replacements.
Future work includes traffic flow improvements, more roofing, and main entrance improvements.
The steam boiler at Ridge Road, original to the building, is being removed. It will be replaced with a more efficient model in this first phase of the project.
This summer, some areas of the roof were replaced on the South Wing.
The major portion of the High School project is more extensive than the elementary portion and includes renovations of many classrooms, a new library and several hallway connections to improve student traffic flow, as well as exterior improvements in the area of safety and security with a new main entrance, parking, and the start of a new multi-purpose stadium. Planning for this phase of the project began soon after voter approval, with several design/user groups meeting to discuss critical needs and preferences for the renovations
The plan for the High School phase is to submit to SED early this fall, with construction scheduled to begin as soon as possible upon SED approval. Construction for the High School phase is expected to begin in late Spring 2019 and tentatively to be complete by 2021.
The project also includes work at the Middle/Intermediate complex, which will begin after the High School portion of the project begins. Work at these schools includes science, technology, and art classroom upgrades; cafeteria expansion; kitchen upgrades; some roofing; heating/ventilating upgrades; exterior lighting and electrical upgrades; and playground improvements on the Intermediate School side.
District-Wide Technology Project
Technology upgrades in our elementary schools, similar to the work completed at the High School and Middle/Intermediate complex, make up the second portion of the capital project. The plan for this work was submitted to the state in the spring. The district received approval June 1, and the project was put out to bid in late July.
This work includes new data closets and network data cabling, network and wireless infrastructure upgrades, and security video surveillance improvements at the four elementary schools, and a new district-wide phone system. Construction will be taking place throughout the course of the year and is tentatively expected to be completed by fall 2019.
At the Transportation Department, summer work included lighting upgrades, electrical panel upgrades, and drainage repair. Future projects include heatingventilating work, exterior improvements, overheard door upgrades, and traffic flow and parking improvements.
Architect/Construcation Manager Updates
On October 17, 2017, voters in the Horseheads Central School District approved a capital project to renovate and upgrade our schools, our transportation department, and our grounds. The $94.7 million project passed: 1350 yes, 589 no. The project seeks to improve our educational program and physical infrastructure so that we may provide the best education we can for our students. We're seeking to build on the excellence that is the Horseheads Central School District.
The project began in 2016 as 'Horseheads 2030' with a series of community meetings, staff discussions, and work with architects regarding our infrastructure, and an educational committee of representatives from across our district. The 2015 Building Condition Survey (BCS) identified a wide range of capital needs to strengthen our infrastructure, upgrade our classrooms and buildings, and in turn improve the education we offer our children.
The links at left describe the project and include fact sheets, frequently asked questions, the BCS, and a press release describing the October 17 vote. The links below are to the presentations and videos from the community and board meetings regarding the project. Questions? Email us at email@example.com.
|January 25, 2018||presentation (pdf)||video|
|October 2, 2017||presentation (pdf)||video|
|August 24, 2017||presentation (pdf)||video|
|June 22, 2017||presentation (pdf)||video|
|May 30, 2017||presentation (pdf)||video|
|April 26, 2017||presentation (pdf)||video|
|March 27, 2017||presentation (pdf)||video|
|March 16, 2017||presentation (pdf)||video|
|February 28, 2017||presentation (pdf)||video|
|December 6, 2016||presentation (pdf)||video|