District submits plans to NYSED for proposed Capital Improvement
2016 – After several months of development and planning,
the Goshen Central School District has submitted schematic plans for its
Capital Improvement Project to the New York State Education Department
(NYSED). The preliminary submission was prepared with input from
teachers, community members, Board of Education members and district
NYSED will review preliminary submission to determine
the proposed project’s eligibility for state aid.
“The Board of Education would like to present the
community with a capital improvement project that meets the district’s
needs and exercises fiscal responsibility – all without increasing the
tax levy,” said Superintendent Daniel Connor.
Planning for the capital improvement project began
during the 2015-16 school year. District officials decided to postpone a
bond vote until the current school year to ensure that project details
meet students’ needs for learning, safety, arts and music, health,
physical education and athletics. A vote date has not yet been
In August, schematic design for the project formally
restarted with district architects, LAN Associates of Goshen. Presently,
the proposed project includes site improvements, renovations, and
additions at the Goshen High School as well as district-wide information
technology (IT) infrastructure upgrades – all of which allow the
district to increase its educational opportunities, improve learning
environments, address safety and security, enhance its arts programs and
upgrade its athletic facilities.
At this time, the proposed project is estimated to
cost approximately $30 million. The district plans to use approximately
$9 million from its capital reserve to help fund the project. The
district will also use approximately $1.3 million allocated by New York
State through the Smart School Bond Act to offset the cost of the
district-wide IT infrastructure upgrades.
The Board of Education has unanimously decided that
it will only put forth a capital improvement project to the community
that does not have an additional effect on the tax levy. Financial
details will be forthcoming; first, district officials must await word
from NYSED about the project’s eligibility for state aid, and then meet
with Fiscal Advisors who will advise the district as to whether or not
the project meets the district’s goal of having no additional impact on
the tax levy.
Upgrades to the Goshen High School include:
15,000 square foot addition that will:
Provide four new classrooms, a nurse’s
office, a guidance office and administrative offices located at
the front of the high school.
Provide a more accessible, secure and
prominent front entrance.
Improve communication and efficiency.
Transform the overall appearance of the
Goshen High School.
464 square foot kitchen addition at the rear of
the building that will:
New STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts
& Math) Lab and Suite (converted from the industrial & visual arts
Upgrades to the music department, including a
newly renovated choral room, new practice rooms and a renovated
music department office, and upgraded seating, acoustics and
lighting in the auditorium.
Five more classrooms, including two dedicated
special education classrooms (converted from existing administrative
New bus loop and
parking lot that will:
Improve accessibility to the new front
entrance of the High School.
Provide a safer drop-off pattern for buses,
students, parents and visitors.
Athletic upgrades that include:
New artificial multi-use turf athletic field
with 8-lane track and lighting (to replace existing track and
football field) and 1,500 seat bleachers.
Concession stand, team locker rooms, training
room, storage rooms and bathrooms.
Other site improvements at the high school include:
Repaired sidewalks, curbs and parking lot in
front of ‘A’ wing.
Repaired sidewalk from
Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School to new bus loop at the high
Window and locker replacement.
HVAC upgrades to replace aging air handling units.
New fire alarm system.
New wall partitions between the ‘A’ wing
Upgrades to the district-wide IT infrastructure will:
Improve high speed broadband and wireless
connectivity throughout the district by installing new Cat 6a cable,
switches, routers, wireless access points, intercoms, clocks and a
VOIP (Voice Over Internet P) phone system.
Details about the capital improvement project will be
shared as information becomes available. A detailed
newsletter will be mailed to all residents. In addition, the Board of
Education plans to hold a public information meeting before the
Residents are encouraged to email questions about the
proposed capital improvement project to Public Information Specialist
Christina Gore at
email@example.com. Questions will
be answered in 2-3 business days and answers will be posted to the