Dec. 5, 2018 -- Moravia Central School District residents today voted to authorize the district to proceed with a capital improvement project to address critical infrastructure and security needs.
Voters approved the $11.5 million project – the first of three planned phases – 190 yes votes to 36 no votes.
“I want to thank everyone in the community who made time to vote today, even as they juggle the demands of a bustling holiday season,” Superintendent of Schools John Birmingham said. “Just like our residents, the district has a long to-do list, but we can’t tackle these essential repairs and upgrades without the support of our citizens. It’s gratifying to serve a community that is committed to safeguarding its children and preparing them for the best possible future.”
Based on recommendations made in the district’s most recent Building Condition Survey (2015), Moravia is planning a 15-year, three-phase capital improvement project. The portion approved today by voters will address safety and security issues (by installing new, secure visitor entrances in all schools, upgrading all district lighting to LED, replacing exterior and interior doors and undertaking asbestos abatement in various areas); improve building systems (by making upgrades to mechanical, electrical and plumbing) and energy efficiency; and make much-needed infrastructure and accessibility renovations (by replacing some ceilings, corridor lockers and the middle school gymnasium floor, renovating the coaches’ area to meet accessibility requirements and improving the cafeteria to accommodate large-group gatherings).
Moravia proposes to spend no more than $10 million on the projects listed above, in addition to a $1.5 million energy performance contract (EPC), which will be undertaken simultaneously to make the capital project improvements as energy-efficient and cost-effective as possible.
District officials anticipate the project, which would begin in the spring/summer of 2020, will result in no additional property taxes for residents; Moravia will finance the project with a combination of capital reserve fund dollars and debt replacement (by the time Moravia needs to start paying off this project, it will have paid off a bond that financed previous capital improvements, resulting in a debt replacement)