By Jim Krencik
Medina Journal-Register — KENDALL — School officials are seeking public input on a planned capital project that would repair and modernize Kendall Central School District facilities.
The district is proposing what School Board President Nadine Hanlon described as “modest infrastructure improvements” — roof replacements at both buildings, energy efficiency enhancements and parking lot improvements.
According to Superintendent Julie Christensen, Kendall will also look to replace the high school’s open classrooms, which are bounded by a pair of hallways, with a single hallway running between walled-in classrooms.
“With the roof repair, it’s not much more work to do the classroom walls,” Christensen said. “We would have hallways in the middle and lights in the rooms ... the teachers are very excited.”
Hanlon said that aspect of the project will reduce classroom distractions and improve security.
The Kendall Board of Education will hold a public discussion and information session on the planned projects at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Kendall High School’s commons.
The scope and specifics of the project are not finalized, but officials from SWBR Architects will be on hand to provide community members a look into some of the proposed concepts.
“This school is the center of our community,” Hanlon said. “We want to make sure the community and is involved with the process.”
The costs for the projects have not been determined, Hanlon said, but the funding mechanism would not increase the school’s tax levy. New York State would provide 90 percent of the funding for the project, with the rest coming from a capital reserve fund already approved by voters.
A vote is planned for this May’s ballot to allocate the local funds for specific projects.
Christensen believes that the project could get underway in the summer of 2014 if voters approve the plans this spring. A majority of the work would be finished within a year of construction.