Videos available to explain project
The Hoosick Falls Central School District is calling on the residents of Hoosick Falls to approve a capital project that will will improve safety, make the school more energy efficient, bring technology up to date, and create a better learning environment for Hoosick Falls’ children. In an effort to show the community members why this work is so important the school has created short videos that explain parts of the project and give viewers a glimpse of the areas of the building desperately in need of renovation.
To date, videos that focus on the heating system, classroom temperature controls and science labs have been released. Additionally, a project overview and cost impact videos have been published.
In the Cost Impact video, Board of Education President, John Helft, explains funding plan and energy cost savings the proposed project will have on taxpayers.
“The great thing about this project is not only the low cost impact it will have,” says Helft, “but the savings it will produce for the district.”
Helft goes on to discuss the $40,000+ in anticipated savings that will be a result of the updated heating and lighting system that will be installed if the project passes. He also discusses why it important to do these imminent repairs now, when we have the assistance of New York State as opposed to an emergency situation when the finds may not be available.
Myssi Gardner and Kim Hayden, both graduates of HFCS, residents and teachers in the school share their concerns regarding the aging building and its effect on the learning environment of the students.
“Hoosick Falls Central School prepared me very well for working in college labs but that was 40 years ago and so much has changed,” said Hayden, “I want to make sure that my students and your children are well prepared for their college science lab experiences when they leave Hoosick Falls.”
Gardner, who teaches second grade, discusses why the inability to regulate classroom temperate is a hindrance and distraction to the students and their ability to learn.
“Some mornings we walk into our classroom and its freezing. Other mornings we walk in and we’re sweating to death” she explains.
The new system will have individual controls so temperatures can be more efficiently regulated throughout the day. Currently the system runs on boilers that date back to 1986 and univentalotors that are original to the building which was constructed in 1961.