Herkimer residents vote to approve Capital Project

Herkimer residents voted yes Tuesday to a $16.7 million capital project in the Herkimer Central School District.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2018 11:19 PM

HERKIMER – Herkimer residents voted yes Tuesday to a $16.7 million capital project in the Herkimer Central School District.

The money will be used in infrastructure projects in the district.

The final results:
152 yes votes
41 no votes

The project will address major areas of concern, and will allow school officials to make repairs in General Herkimer Elementary School, and Herkimer Junior/Senior High school.

Superintendent Robert Miller says the project will not cause a tax increase. Ninety-two percent of the money to fund the project will come from state aid, and a small amount will come from the school district.

"Our boilers are older and need to be replaced,” Miller said. “We're going to move from 80 percent efficiency to 95 percent efficiency so, we'll get a big energy savings from the project which will offset a lot of the cost. We also have other upgrades that we will do that are important to us for educational reasons."

Some of the improvements in the project include renovating the gym and fitness center, and replacing the district's heating & cooling systems.

The project will be done in two phases. The first phase will address interior upgrades and is expected to begin in the summer of 2020. The second phase will address exterior upgrades. The entire project is expected to be complete by 2022.

Now that it is approved, the district will begin soliciting bids for work on the project.

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