GREAT VALLEY — The Ellicottville Central School District will host its second informational session tonight concerning a potential capital project.
District superintendent Mark Ward last month hosted a tour of the school building and outlined preliminary ideas for a capital project that would address parts of the school which hadn't seen improvement since the school opened in the early 1960s.
Tonight's informational session is expected to be a continuation of the brainstorming session and update on the current process of researching the cost, necessity and schedule if a capital project would take place. During the previous meeting, Mr. Ward said such a project would not need to build significantly onto the building but instead reconfigure the current area. Problems in the school's music rooms, older classrooms, locker rooms and other areas were discussed.
The capital project would be the first for the district since the high school wing of the building was gutted and modernized in 2005. The district recently retired a bond on a capital project in the elementary school — which it was paying $90,000 per year — and will pay $190,000 per year until 2020 on the 2005 project, Ward said.
"Like any facility that is over 50 years old, there are going to be a number of items that need upgrades based on the changes in education, program needs, safety and health issues, ever changing technology and state mandates and the 'functionality' of areas within the building," Mr. Ward said in the district newsletter.
Mr. Ward said combining multiple improvements into one capital project approved by voters would allow the district access to state funding, which provides an estimated 65 percent return. A capital project would need 60 percent voter approval.
The Ellicottville Central School District has openly invited anyone interested in learning more or voicing their opinion about the potential capital project can come to tonight's meeting at 7 p.m. at the school.