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Important Vote!

Information below has been provided by the Orange Ulster BOCES website



VOTE OCT. 25, 2022 ON VITAL INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS AND PROGRAM ADDITIONS

OCT 7 2022 9:24 AM Orange-Ulster BOCES is holding a public vote on a proposed capital project to fund essential improvements at its Gibson Road and Arden Hill campuses in Goshen. While 80% of the project is to upgrade infrastructure and spaces that have exceeded their useful life, the project will add much needed instructional areas and renovate dated environments. These updated areas will serve to better prepare students from our communities for college, careers, and life. We encourage you to participate in this vote on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, from 12p.m. to 8 p.m. I ABOUT BOCES & THE CAPITAL PROJECT The Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) operates in partnership with 17 local school districts to provide specialized educational opportunities and services. Career and Technical Education (CTE) is vital to both our students and the local workforce. Through CTE, students receive education and training in job skills for numerous trades, including automotive, health careers and aviation. The Division of Special Education provides specialized instruction for children with needs that cannot be supported in their home school districts. In addition, Adult Education programs are an indispensable source of education and training for adult learners. Each year, the BOCES serves more than 2,000 CTE students, 1,000 special needs students and in excess of 4,500 adult education students. The BOCES also provides vital and cost-effective support services to area school districts. For example, more than 6,500 area teachers received professional development through the BOCES Instructional Support Division. The Technology Division assists districts by providing internet services and last year facilitated the purchase of more than 12,000 devices now in use in schools throughout the region. The initial scope of the capital project was determined through the Building Condition Survey (BCS) which is mandated by the State of New York for all school districts every five years. The BCS identified significant areas of need across the campuses. The Gibson Road Campus, with buildings constructed in 1971, has the greatest need. The most recent capital project on this campus was completed in 1988, 34 years ago. The Arden Hill Campus (the former Arden Hill Hospital) requires significant work to be fully renovated into educational space. By going forward with this comprehensive project, including all of the critical renovations and improvements, this initiative seeks to take advantage of an economy of scale. This will eliminate the need for the BOCES to bring smaller scaled projects to our community every few years. The construction and renovation would start in 2024. BOCES BY THE NUMBERS PROJECT DETAILS GIBSON ROAD CAMPUS: The Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) would be updated at a cost of $67M. Renovations would include:

  • Replacement of original roof (1971)

  • Replacement of original single-pane windows (1971)

  • Replacement/upgrade of electrical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning

  • Advancements in energy efficiency

  • Construction of security vestibule to establish single point of entry

  • Replacement/upgrade of failing sanitary and well systems

  • Masonry cleaning/repointing/repairs in select locations

  • Replace selected interior doors

  • Replace selected interior wire-glass

  • Replace selected folding partitions

  • HVAC/Exhaust in selected shop classrooms

  • HVAC replacement in classrooms to a central chilled water system

  • Replace HVAC pneumatic controls with DDC

  • Electrical distribution repairs including panelboards, switchboards and transformers

  • Replacement of lighting with LED fixtures in selected areas

  • Install a new generator

  • Asphalt pavement repairs/repaving

  • General classroom renovations

  • Shop classroom renovations

  • Corridor & stair renovations

  • Multi-user toilet room renovations

  • Renovation of greenhouses

  • New classroom addition including sitework

  • New loading dock addition including sitework

The Emanuel Axelrod Education Center would be updated at a cost of $57M. Renovations would include:

  • Replacement of original roofs (1971, 1988)

  • Replacement of original single-pane windows (1971, 1989)

  • Replacement/upgrade of electrical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning

  • Advancements in energy efficiency

  • Construction of security vestibule to establish single point of entry

  • Creation of support space for students

  • Conversion of administrative space to student classrooms

  • Masonry cleaning/repointing/repairs in select locations

  • Repairs at selected retaining walls

  • Repairs to selected exterior walkways, stairs, and play areas

  • Replace selected interior doors

  • Replace selected interior wire-glass

  • Therapy pool edge refurbishment

  • HVAC replacement in 1988 addition

  • Add air-conditioning in lobby and gymnasium

  • Replace domestic hot water heater

  • Replace HVAC pneumatic controls with DDC

  • Electrical distribution repairs including panelboards, switchboards and transformers

  • Replacement of lighting with LED fixtures in selected areas

  • Provide fire alarm in required locations

  • Asphalt pavement repairs / repaving

  • General classroom renovations

  • Corridor & stair renovations

  • Multi-user toilet room renovations

  • Auditorium renovation

  • Cafeteria/stage renovation

  • Library renovation

  • Courtyard Renovations

ARDEN HILL CAMPUS: The Arden Hill Campus would be updated at a cost of $35M. Renovations would include:

  • Replacement of the roof on the main building

  • Replacement of exterior windows

  • Renovation of third floor to add ten classrooms

  • Renovation of north wing to add seventeen classrooms

  • Construction of new gymnasium (no gymnasium currently exists)

  • Masonry cleaning/repointing/repairs in select locations

  • Repairs to loading dock

  • Replacement of selected overhead doors

  • Minor interior finish repairs

  • Repairs to electrical distribution including panelboards

  • Asphalt pavement repairs/repaving

  • Renovation of office building to allow for conversion to classrooms on Gibson Road

    • Full gut renovation of interior to administrative spaces

    • Small addition for ADA wheelchair lift

    • Roof replacement

    • Window replacement

    • Repairs to exterior stairs

    • Partial replacement of exterior finishes

    • Sitework including utilities, parking and walkways


AMOUNT With a total project cost of $158,825,054 the average cost per month to a homeowner with a property assessed at $300,000 (equalized) is $4.58. This project is eligible for State Aid, which will be reimbursed to the local school districts. VOTING Voters must be United States citizens, at least 18 years old and legal residents of the Orange-Ulster BOCES Supervisory District boundaries at least 30 days prior to the vote. Eligible voters may vote at the polling location of their choice. You may obtain an absentee ballot application by contacting BOCES’ Board Clerk at (845) 291-0100 ext. 10111 or sharleen.depew@ouboces.org. The application can also be downloaded HERE. POLLING LOCATIONS Chester: Chester Academy (Band Room), 64 Hambletonian Avenue, Chester, NY 10918 Cornwall: Cornwall Public Library (Community Room), 395 Hudson Street, Cornwall, NY 12518 Florida: Seward Memorial Building (Board Room), 51 North Main Street, Florida, NY 10921 Goshen: Goshen Main Street Administration (Board Room), 227 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924 Greenwood Lake: Greenwood Lake Elementary School (Gymnasium), 80 Waterstone Road, Greenwood Lake, NY 10925 Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery: Highland Falls Intermediate School (Gym), 52 Mountain Avenue, Highland Falls, NY 10928 Kiryas Joel : Kiryas Joel Public School (Multi Purpose Room), 1 Dinev Road, Monroe, NY 10950 Marlboro: Town of Marlborough Community Room (Courthouse), 21 Milton Tpke, Milton, NY 12547 Middletown: Middletown Board of Education, 223 Wisner Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940 Minisink Valley #1 - Main Campus Minisink Valley Intermediate School (Gym A), 2320 Route 6, Slate Hill, NY 10973 Minisink Valley #2 - Otisville Campus Otisville Elementary School (Lobby), 2525 Mount Hope Road, Otisville, NY 10963 Monroe-Woodbury: Monroe-Woodbury Education Center, 278 Route 32, Central Valley, NY 10917 Orange Ulster BOCES #1 -Gibson Road Campus: Orange-Ulster BOCES Gibson Campus - Axelrod Building (Gymnasium) - 53 Gibson Road, Goshen, NY 10924 Orange-Ulster BOCES #2 - Arden Hill Campus Orange-Ulster BOCES Arden Campus (Cafeteria), 4 Harriman Drive, Goshen, NY 10924 Pine Bush #1: Pine Bush Fire House (Station 1), 2405 NY-52, Pine Bush, NY 12566 Pine Bush #2: Circleville Elementary School (Gym) , 2000 State Route 302, Circleville, NY 10919 Port Jervis: Port Jervis High School (Tri-State Gym), 10 Route 209, Port Jervis, NY 12771 Tuxedo: George Grant Mason Elementary School (Multi-Purpose Room), 11 Hillside Avenue, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987 Valley Central: Valley Central Administration Office, 944 State Route 17K, Montgomery NY 12549 Warwick Valley: Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center (Board Room), 225 West Street, Extension Warwick, NY 10990 Washingtonville: Washingtonville High School (Pool Atrium), 54 West Main Street, Washingtonville, NY 10992

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