Residents invited to learn about options for 2016 B-P capital project

2016 Capital Project

Structural repairs, safety considerations, building organization and parking at the Perth campus are among the components of a capital project that district leaders at Broadalbin-Perth are considering putting to a public vote in 2016. District leaders have already received feedback on the possible project components from members of an internal committee and the 2028 Task Force, and they are now interested in hearing from all district residents, starting with a public presentation at 6 p.m., Monday, May 11, in the high school Virtual AP room.

During the presentation, representatives from the district’s architectural firm, CSArch, and its engineering firm, Environmental Design Partnership, will provide an overview of the process of developing a capital project and review the ideas already under consideration. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide written feedback. The district will also live-tweet the presentation via @Bppatriots using the hashtag #BPproject2016 so that residents who are unable to attend will have the opportunity to follow the presentation online in real time.

Based on feedback from an internal facilities committee composed of faculty and staff, an all-staff survey, and the work of the 2028 Task Force, district leaders have put together a preliminary list of district needs for residents to consider, including expanding parking at the Perth campus.

“Any resident who has visited our schools knows how dangerous the parking situation is at the Perth site,” said Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson. “Whenever either the intermediate or middle school holds an event that’s open to parents or residents, visitors have to park along Route 107 or in the church parking lot across the street and cross that busy road. We started the ball rolling with our last capital project, when we purchased a plot of land adjacent to the Perth campus. Now in this project, we need to use that land to address the parking problems.”

Other health and safety concerns the district would like to address include resurfacing the high school track and replacing the field turf at Patriot Field.
“Our community made an investment in Patriot Field more than 10 years ago. In order to protect that investment, we need to maintain it,” Tomlinson said. “Part of that maintenance includes replacing the field turf, which is past the end of its useful life. And anyone who has recently used the track knows that the cracks and potholes in its surface are making it dangerous for runners and walkers. We have to address that.”

Many of the ideas generated by members of the 2028 Task Force would require renovating classrooms in both buildings before district leaders could fully implement the recommended changes. As part of the renovation, district leaders are considering rearranging the buildings so all elementary students attend school at the Perth campus and all secondary students attend school at the Broadalbin campus. Tomlinson said that would make teacher collaboration easier and expand the district’s options for how it delivers its academic programs.

“It’s important that the long-term vision for our district, especially our academic programs, drives the scope of the next capital project,” Tomlinson said. “We need classrooms that can accommodate the needs of 21st century teaching and learning. And because we need to do these renovations anyway, it presents the perfect opportunity to realign our buildings to better support the learning needs of all students.”

District leaders are also exploring the possible benefits of installing solar and/or geothermal energy systems at both campuses, which would provide long-term cost savings on electricity, heating and cooling. Tomlinson said that solar and/or geothermal energy systems could make a difference in the overall cost of the capital project.

“New York state building aid will cover approximately 80 percent of the final project’s total cost. If we installed solar and/or geothermal energy systems, we could use the cost savings the systems would generate to offset the local share as much as possible,” Tomlinson said.

Residents who are unable to attend the presentation on May 11 are invited to share their feedback on the initial project ideas by emailing Michele Kelley, district communications specialist, at Residents can also comment or ask questions anonymously via Patriot Plain Talk at