The Highland Central School District Board of Education has begun discussing the possibility of holding a spring capital project vote. The potential project is part of the Board’s multi-year strategic approach to leveraging retiring debt to update aged facilities and infrastructure without causing tax spikes.
“The District has been working with its architects, CS Arch, to identify building priorities and with municipal finance experts from Bernard P. Donegan Inc. to identify the most opportune times and spending levels,” says Superintendent of Schools Joel Freer. “The goal is to complete work with little or no impact on the tax levy.”
The Board will hear from Bernard P. Donegan Inc. representatives at its meeting on Tuesday, September 21 at 7 PM at Highland High School.
By early October, the Board anticipates its architects, CS Arch, to complete the District’s mandated five-year Building Conditions Survey, which provides a comprehensive analysis of building needs.
According to Freer, the Building Conditions Survey will identify areas of infrastructure need throughout the District and will be used as a roadmap to make decisions about the best use of retiring debt levels. Administration and Support Services staff have had initial discussions, and once the necessary data from the architects and financial advisors is complete, the community will be engaged in helping to refine the ultimate scope of the work.
“We are only in the initial stages of planning. The first step is hearing from our financial consultants and architects, and then we will begin to discuss next steps,” explained Freer. “The community can expect to have opportunities for input once the necessary research is complete.”