Voters in the York Central School District on Oct. 19 will decide the fate of a proposed $2.9 million STEAM/Capital project designed to provide cross-curricular learning opportunities and make some building improvements.
Voting is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the front auditorium foyer of the school, 2578 Genesee St., Retsof.
“We have a unique chance to create an exciting space for out students, one dedicated to providing the skills, opportunities and experience to allow our graduates to not only compete but to excell after leaving YCS and chasing their dreams,” York Central Superintendent David Furletti says in a project video.
The proposed project focuses on the third floor of the school. The project will include renovating rooms to include computer-assisted design, or CAD, and coding labs; areas for robotics, digital media such as video production, and STEAM - science, technology, engineering, art and math - areas. Plans also show breakout areas and multi-use spaces.
The project will also include window replacement, improvements to heating, ventilation and air conditioning, including air quality improvements; safety and security updates, LED lighting and technology upgrades.
“The project’s scope is focused on providing elevated student learning experiences through robust programming and by addressing some building updates, including energy efficiency and safety and security enhancements,” Furletti said.
The project will not have an additional tax impact on district residents, Furletti said.
The $2.9 million project would be funded by $760,743 from the district’s capital reserve fund, and $2,139,256 from New York State Building Aid.
If approved, the project would go out to bid this winter, with construction expected to bring in spring 2022. Work would continue through the summer and be substantially complete by late August with students using the area in fall 2022.
The project, Furletti said, is “intended to revitalize instruction for the purposed of adaptability and to provide dedicated space for science, technology, engineering, art and math.”
The re-imagined corridor space will provide breakout areas for instruction and group collaboration. The high-transparency classroom design will allow for supervisio and also spectator viewing and a demonstration arena, Furletti said.
The CAD classroom will bring 21st century learning adaptability to the classroom with real-world applications for career or college readiness and a flexible arrangmenet for independent and collaborative learning experiences, Furletti said.
The CAD classroom will also include 3-D printers.
The STEAM and robotics areas will be designed to allow cross-curricular opportunities, Furletti said.
The STEAM classroom will feature a high-tech, integrated environment design and be versatile to allow the area to change and grow with the program, according to Furletti.
The robotics area will allow for the design, building and programming of robots. The area will also include a demonstration arena.
The renovations and classrooms will feature a “modern look to match the curriculum,” Furletti said.