BY JOE OLENICK
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The budget isn’t the only topic Lockport School District voters will decide on May 21.
Along with the recently adopted $83 million budget, district residents will vote on a capital improvement project. The project will include a number of repairs and upgrades needed throughout the district, most of which were tagged in a state-mandated building condition survey.
The survey, completed in 2010, pointed out a host of repairs and upgrades that were needed. Some of those items were addressed in a $18.9 million project that was approved in 2011.
The proposed project totals just over $22.1 million, covered by state building aid and about $3.1 million from the Lockport district’s capital reserve. So there is no additional tax impact on residents, said Deborah Coder, the district’s assistant superintendent for finance.
The project’s work centers on these categories: energy efficiency, health and safety, aesthetic and structural, security and technology. Trautman Associates will serve as the district’s architect on the project, if voters approve it in May.
Enhancing the kitchens at the elementary school is a major part of the project. Doing so would allow each elementary school to prepare meals on location, instead of the current way of cooking at Roy B. Kelley and transporting food to the other schools.
The boiler system will be upgraded at Charlotte Cross School, which houses Lockport Opportunities Project. Energy efficent windows are going in at Anna Merritt Elementary, while new efficient lighting will be installed in a number of buildings.
Some of the health and safety work includes replacing the sidewalks at John Pound Early Childhood Center, installing emergency lights at various school buildings and an emergency generator at Charles Upson. Heat, ventilation, air handling, water heaters and building piping will be upgraded at a number of schools.
A portion of the project will also address improving vehicular and pedestrian access to Roy B. Kelley Elementary. The school is known for traffic congestion, a problem that could get worse in the fall when the school absorbs most of the children from soon-to-be-closed Washington Hunt.
Work will also include replacing select ceilings at Lockport High School and renovating bathroom facilities at Charlotte Cross School. A number of technology upgrades will also be done, including security cameras, security door enhancements, a new wireless network and digital signs for video streaming with large screen LCD panels.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick