Westfield Academy and Central School progressed further into its facilities reconstruction project last Monday as the Board of Education authorized payment of $6,000 for pre-referendum services from its architectural company.
Superintendent David Davison was also authorized to sign an agreement with the Jamestown firm, Clark, Patterson and Lee. The fixed fee will cover services such as review of educational program, user group meetings, schematic design, space planning, attendance at committee meetings and Board meetings and work with Fiscal Advisor to establish maximized State Aid.
The total base project costs would be $3,406,650 and will address several needs throughout the school property. These include: work on the roof systems, repairs to the bus garage and parking areas, restoration on the main building, renovations of the bathrooms, and upgrading technology. Also, an area would be converted to be an ADA-compliant space for alternative education.
WACS business manager Alan Holbrook holds up a safety award given to Westfield by Utica National Insurance Co.
A public referendum will be taken soon regarding the project, Davison said. The date of the referendum, as well as a presentation on the project, the timeline for the project and whether or not taxpayers will have to pay for these services has not yet been determined, he said.
In other business, district business manager Alan Holbrook displayed an award for safety that the district was given by Utica National Insurance. Westfield was one of 133 districts throughout New York to receive the award.
Utica National School Safety Excellence Award program is awarded to schools for meeting specific criteria to enhance overall safety, including playground and transportation safety, as well as efforts to prevent bullying.
The board approved the second reading of a policy prohibiting weapons on school grounds.