main content starts hereCapital Construction Projects

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, Mohonasen voters approved a $48.2 million capital construction plan.

The project includes building upgrades and various additions across the district, many for health and safety needs and functionality. It also includes district-wide technology upgrades, a synthetic turf field, a new transportation facility, and a new technology center that will operate in partnership with Schenectady County Community College and Capital Region BOCES.

Construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2015.

At the time of the vote, district officials estimated that after state building aid, the local share of the project would be about $18.7 million. This will be paid through local taxes, district reserves, site rentals to educational/athletic organizations, and agreements with SCCC and BOCES. Officials project that the local tax levy will increase by about one percent a year for five years, starting in 2018-2019. For the owner of a home valued at $150,000, this would mean an annual tax increase of about $20 for each of those five years. District officials continue to look for and apply for grant funding to offset the local share of the capital project.

Project highlights include:

Please note that the final scope of the project may be slightly altered for a number of reasons, including final state aid figures and construction bids.

Center for Advanced Technology @ Mohonasen

Center for Advanced Technology @ MohonasenThe new technology center will be constructed on the parcel of land adjacent to the Mohonasen High School campus that the district purchased in 2010. The building will include a variety of modern, high-tech labs and classrooms intended to simulate “real-world” work environments. Plans for the building include an electric lab, a manufacturing and machining lab, a wood shop, a media arts lab, a high-end graphics computer lab, a nanotechnology lab with a simulated “clean room,” a welding lab, and health professions labs.

The center will house Mohonasen’s Mo-Tech and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs – a group of hands-on, project-based courses that combine classroom learning with real-world experiences – as well as some Capital Region BOCES CTE programs that will bring in high school students from across the region. The facility will also be used for both credit-bearing and workforce development/adult education programs through Schenectady County Community College.

Transportation

A new transportation facility will be constructed on the land purchased in 2010 (near the Center for Advanced Technology). This enables the district to receive state aid on the land purchase, as well as the construction. The new facility will include service bays and a bus wash, helping to better maintain the bus fleet.

Existing Mohonasen schools

The project includes funding for district-wide instructional technology modernization, including phone and computer network system upgrades and improvements to the projection systems. Additional work planned for the four existing school buildings includes:

Mohonasen High School:

  • Classroom renovations to create modern science rooms that meet state requirements for size (some of the current ones do not) and allow for more hands-on, group projects;
  • Five-classroom addition to make up for space lost during science room renovations;
  • Locker room addition/athletic-wing reconfiguration that makes the space more functional for athletes and spectators, as well as meets federal Title IX requirements;
  • Stage renovations and sound system upgrades in the auditorium;
  • Conversion of the football field to synthetic turf to prolong the life of the field and better accommodate the needs of athletic teams and the marching band (which would also make the field more attractive to potential outside athletic/education organizations to generate rental income for the district); and
  • Some office space renovation as a result of the additions.

Draper Middle School

  • Guidance and main office space renovations to offer greater privacy for students and utilize space more efficiently;
  • Updates and renovations to the cafeteria and surrounding bathrooms; and
  • Updates and renovations to the second floor special education rooms to make this space work better for teachers and students.

Pinewood Intermediate School

  • Renovations to the psychology rooms and storage spaces to make these areas more functional;
  • Gymnasium renovations/addition to create a larger meeting space for students and staff to gather indoors and create more space for physical education; and
  • Cafeteria addition to relieve congestion in the serving line and create more seating space.

Bradt Primary School

  • Renovations to existing classrooms to create a multi-purpose room for group learning and school events; and
  • Improvements to the school’s entryway.
Building Condition Survey Items

Every five years, Mohonasen conducts a formal building audit, which is submitted to the state, to identify areas that require repair, replacement or renovation based on health and safety needs. This audit is updated annually on a more informal basis by the district’s director of facilities. These are items that will need to be addressed in one way or another in the coming years. By including them in a capital project, Mohonasen is eligible to receive state aid to assist in the cost. The capital project outlined here includes $2.8 million in BCS items.

Mohonasen High School

  • Upgrades to electric feed and switchboard, which present a major safety issue and threaten electricity service to the building
  • Sidewalk and paving work
  • Replacement of various aging ceilings and lockers
  • Replacement of cloth wiring throughout building
  • Exterior masonry work
  • Replacement of aging air and heating units
  • Replacement of pool filter

Draper Middle School

  • Replacement of aging and sagging corridor ceilings
  • Updates to stairway doors to meet fire code
  • Exterior masonry work
  • Replacement of old, inefficient windows
  • Replacement of cafeteria air handling unit, which is 40+ years old

Pinewood Intermediate School

  • Improvements to outdoor lighting
  • Replacement of aging ceilings, doors and hardware
  • Exterior masonry work
  • Renovations to nearly a dozen bathrooms that are 50+ years old
  • Updates to the clock system
  • Renovations to heating and water system to tie them into newer hot water heater; Remove old heater

Bradt Primary School

  • Renovations to the baseball field and basketball court
  • Replacement of aging ceilings
  • Replacement of carpets in kindergarten classrooms that are buckling and present a tripping hazard
  • Replacement of cracked flooring in the kindergarten wing
  • Replacement of eight exterior doors, hot water tank and two bathrooms, which are 50+ years old
  • Replacement of cracked, leaking skylights
  • Asbestos abatement/replacement of gym floor
  • Replacement of exhaust fans and HVAC in the counselor’s office, which don’t meet code requirements