On Wednesday, March 13, Hoosick Falls community members voted on a capital renovation project for Hoosick Falls Central School (HFCS). The projects was split into two propositions, both of which passed. The final vote for Proposition 1 was 647 Yes and 343 No and for Proposition 2 the results were 614 Yes and 372 No.
“We are deeply appreciative.” said Ken Facin, Superintendent of Schools, “We are thankful for the community’s overwhelming support of our students and our school.”
The project includes several updates that will create a safer and higher quality environment for learning, such as the removal of asbestos ceiling tiles, the updating of the entire heating and control system, and the renovation of the school’s science and music rooms.
“I am excited the Capital Project passed and the voter turnout was one of the highest in the past few years,” said Board of Education member Rachel Boisvert, “I look forward to seeing the positive outcomes of this improvement and grateful for the community support of the school.”
“I am extremely thankful for the voters support of this project” explained John Helft, President of the Board of Education. “Not only are these upgrades vital to the safety and learning of our students, but, in the long run, the project will actually save the taxpayers money in energy savings and repair costs. This is a great day for the district.”
Emily Sanders, the school’s Business Manager, explained, “Next steps in the process is that we now design the project and create detailed drawings that are submitted to the New York State Facility Planning Office for approval. The design phase can take about 6 months. The State approval process can take 6 to 18 months. After we get approval from the State, we then bid the different areas of the project. The rough timeline is to complete the design phase by the end of the summer, have State approval by March next year and then to start construction in the summer of 2020.”
“Thank you for this opportunity to create a wonderful learning environment for the students of our District,” added Sanders.
The student body is also very appreciative of the support and a video was created with various groups of students thanking the community. The video, which includes a clip featuring the entire high school student body, is available for viewing on the school’s Facebook page.