B-P staff to provide capital project input

Friday, October 28, 2016 - Updated: 7:17 AM


Recorder News Staff

BROADALBIN--The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District will be seeking input from staff as they push toward beginning its $39.7 million capital project.

Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said he will meet with staff over the next few months to discuss what's important to them in their teaching space as the district starts to plan and prep to submit phase two of the capital project. The project was approved in May and will address infrastructure, modernize classrooms and improve safety and security.

"This is your classroom give us your thoughts on what your classroom should look like," Tomlinson said in regards to what the conversations with teachers will sound like.

He said although they can't move walls, they can have input on flooring, paint and furniture options. Tomlinson addressed the importance of every teacher's voice being heard.

"It's very different today, students are much more mobile than they were back in the '80s," Tomlinson said. "So those are the types of conversations we will be having with all of our teachers within the area in which they teach."

Tomlinson said the project engineers and architects will attend the board of education meeting in November to talk about phase one. They will provide specific details of the components of the project that are being brought to the State Education Department.

"They will be talking specifically about the application that they are making for phase one of the capital project," he said.

Tomlinson said 85 to 90 percent of phase one will encompass the outside campus work. This includes field updates and construction at the Perth campus. At the Perth campus, parking will be expanded, the bus loop will be reconfigurated, traffic flow will be improved and a new access road will be constructed. School zone signs will also be installed on Route 107

He expects phase two of the capital project to take the longest for SED approval, because this phase involves improving interiors, updating blueprints and engineering.

"It's a challenging process, but I'm encouraged that we believe SED will move through phase one, which is all of the outside work quickly so we can still be on timeline to have that submitted in a couple weeks and have it approved by SED by late winter," he said.