On January 23, residents in the Troy City School District voted in favor of a capital project at School 2 that will renovate existing spaces to create a community schools wing. The fully-funded $1.2 million project will have no future tax impact on residents.
Unofficial vote tallies are as follows: 335 (Yes), 66 (No).
Preliminary designs for the project include the renovation of existing space to provide a Health, Community and Social-Emotional Wing, allowing for private areas for health services, family services and consultation.
“On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to thank the Troy community for voting in support of this rare opportunity to directly benefit our students,” said Superintendent John Carmello. “These renovations will allow School 2 to provide fundamental services that will improve the health and wellness of our students and their families.”
This fall, Troy CSD was awarded a total of $550,896 for School 2 through the New York State Community Schools Grant Initiative. Of that, $362,572 is allocated for academic programming and the other $188,324 is for capital improvements.
The District will utilize the $188,324 to completely offset the local share of a Capital Project. This, combined with a District Aid Ratio of 87.9 percent, allows for a fully funded Capital Project of approximately $1.2 million, with no additional impact on tax payers.
The grant period is for the 2017-2018 school year. The District will begin construction in summer of 2018 in order to fully maximize the resources from both the grant and New York State Education Department (NYSED).