Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Lockport City Schools will be providing a place online for the public to find updates on the district’s capital projects.
The district’s website, www.lockportschools.org, will feature a capital project tab on the site’s main page. Clicking on the tab will take a person to a list of the district’s current projects with their progress status. The list will be updated monthly, said Deborah Coder, the district’s assistant superintendent for finance and management services.
The idea is to keep the public informed about each of the projects going on within the district, officials said. Since the entire capital project process takes some time, residents may want to know what the status is on some of the more recent construction projects.
“Nothing happens quickly, so we would like to give you an update,” Coder said at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting.
Currently, the district has four major projects in progress. The first is the $23.5 million high school capital improvement project, which voters approved back in 2008. That project included a number of upgrades to the high school, including a classroom addition, fitness center and extensive work on the auditorium.
The main work has been completed. But, because of lower than expected interest rates and bids, Lockport has about $400,000 left over. The money has to be spent, as per Albany, but can only be used for improvements to the high school. And the state education department still needs to sign off on it.
With the left over money, the district decided to replace the bleachers, floor and sound system in the high school’s west gymnasium. Handrails will be added to the upper level of seating in the auditorium as well.
The additional work’s design phase is about done and will be submitted to SED for approval next month. Typically, it takes about five to six months for approval on a project, meaning bidding will take place in the winter or 2014. The work will start in March 2014 and be finished by September 2014.