Voters are being asked to approve a capital reserve project covering safety and security upgrades at the South Otselic PreK-12 building and Georgetown bus facility sites. The vote will be held Thursday, November 21 from noon to 9 pm at the Otselic Valley Library. There will be no additional tax impact on taxpayers for this project.
“The planning for the project that the District is putting before the community was done collaboratively through a committee process,” Superintendent Rob Berson explained, “and is addressing current needs the District is facing in order to position us for success in the future.”
Work by the District’s Facilities and Transportation Committees, with approval by the Board of Education and support by Mr. Berson, identified changes that will benefit students and the school community:
- Increased safety and functionality of the school district facilities.
- Increased capacity to serve as a community emergency shelter through availability of an emergency generator at the South Otselic school building.
- Enhanced viability of municipal partnerships through functional upgrades to the Georgetown bus facility.
- Decreased long-term environmental exposure and liability through removal of underground fuel tanks.
“This capital project continues to reinforce our district’s commitment to safety and security, and to partnership, where appropriate, with our neighboring municipalities,” Mr. Berson said.
South Otselic school building site
- a 300-kilowatt generator to provide back-up power for the building. One of the system branches will provide power for life safety circuits including emergency egress/exit lighting and a fire alarm system, and the other branch will provide power to the rest of the building.
Fuel tank replacement:
- Underground fuel tank removal and replacement with above ground tank and fuel dispensing system.
- Fuel tank, dispensing system, and adjacent parking area enclosed with fencing, a keyed access gate, and security camera.
- Secondary bus parking area at the end of the west parking lot enclosed with fencing, keyed access gate, and security camera.
Georgetown bus faciity site
Fuel tank replacement:
- Underground fuel tank removal and replacement with above ground tank and fuel dispensing system,
- Fuel tank and dispensing system enclosed with fencing, keyed access gate, and security camera.
All aspects of this capital project will have 0% tax impact on taxpayers.
- Project cost = $1.6 million
- Local funds applying to the project from the capital reserve fund = $375,000
- Tax impact = 0%
"The capital reserve is a fund that the school board authorizes to be placed in reserve for future projects," said Mr. Berson. "It's financially responsible for boards of education and school districts to plan in this manner. Previous Otselic Valley Boards of Education, with voter authorization, established the capital reserve so future projects like this one could proceed with no new tax impact."
Public hearing and community meetings
A public hearing about this capital project will take place on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7 pm, at the start of the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting in the mirrored cafeteria.
Additionally, two community meetings are scheduled for both the South Otselic and Georgetown communities. Both will include a brief presentation, and an opportunity for community members to ask questions. Please join us.
- October 29, 2019, 6 pm: South Otselic Fire Department
- November 19, 2019, 6 pm: Georgetown Town Hall
Otselic Valley taxpayers are requested to vote on November 21, 2019, between noon and 9 pm in the Otselic Valley Library. We appreiate your support for our students, our community, and our school district.