Capital Project News and Information
In February 2017, Phoenix Central School District voters approved a $38.2 million improvement project referendum to make capital improvements to all of our schools. The majority of the work will be conducted at John C. Birdlebough High School in the 1955 portion of the building. Items include:
- Classroom renovations to improve lighting, wiring and expand space
- Auditorium improvements that include new stage lighting, sound system and air conditioning
- New 2,000-square-foot addition and renovation of existing space to relocate band and chorus rooms, and provide theater space near the auditorium
- Renovation and update of technology classrooms for 21st century learning
- Window and roof replacement
- Renovation of space to create new wrestling room and athletic storage area
- Synthetic turf adjacent to current stadium and lighting of both fields
Within the project, the district will be conducting $3.4 million in energy efficiency initiatives such as boiler controls and LED lighting that will create energy savings on the investment. Other work will include much-needed roof and some window replacement at Michael A. Maroun Elementary and Emerson J. Dillon Middle School.
Please check this page for announcements and updates as this project moves forward.
Q & A
The project includes many items that are required maintenance and improvements for the safe and healthy operations of our schools. The district is required to conduct a building conditions assessment every five years by the State Education Department. The district prioritized items identified through the building conditions assessment.
Although it may seem like a luxury, a turf field can be utilized more by many groups. Currently our grass football field is only used for games and is not open for other groups to use. By building an adjacent turf field and lighting both fields, many school groups as well as community groups will have greater field access for practices and games.
The district will use $5.2 million from its capital reserve fund, which voters previously established. Combined with state aid and retiring debt, the district is not anticipating any tax increase for the project to property owners.