6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Tuesday, February 28
Board of Education Room
at the Main Street Administration Building,
227 Main Street, Goshen
District hosts second Capital Project public
2017 - On January 17, district officials hosted a second public
information meeting about the proposed Capital Improvement Project.
The meeting was similar to the
first one held in November and included an updated presentation from
Project Architect Matthew Milnamow and Vice President Michael McGovern
of LAN Associates of Goshen.
View the presentation (PDF)
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Capital improvement project preliminary plans approved by NYSED
December 28, 2016 - The
preliminary plans for the proposed capital improvement project were
submitted to and approved by the New York State Department of Education
NYSED calculated the project’s building aid units and
the information was forwarded to the district’s fiscal advisors who
determined that the state aid estimate will allow the Board of Education
to meet its goal: to put forth a capital improvement project to the
community without impacting the tax levy.
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District hosts first Capital Improvement Project public information
November 23, 2016 - On
November 21, district officials hosted a public information meeting
about the proposed Capital Improvement Project.
Project Architect Matthew Milnamow of LAN Associates
of Goshen presented the community with a PowerPoint presentation to
illustrate the project proposal. At its conclusion, Milnamow, along with
LAN Vice President Michael J. McGovern and district officials, answered
a number of questions and concerns from attending community members.
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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.
Financial details about the remaining cost of the
project will be forthcoming; first, district officials must await word
from NYSED about the project’s eligibility for state aid. Once state aid
is calculated into the project cost, the remaining cost will be covered
by the local tax levy.
However, it is important to note that the project is
timed so that debt service from past capital projects – including the
$26 million capital improvement project from 1998 that included a 21,985
square foot addition at Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School as well as
new classrooms at C. J. Hooker Middle School and Goshen Intermediate
School –will be retired. The local share to be paid by taxes for the new
capital improvement project will be equal to or less than the local
share that is currently being paid on the retiring debt – thus resulting
in NO increase to the tax levy for the debt service of the new project.
“The members of the Board of Education have
unanimously agreed that the capital improvement project will only be put
forth to the community as long as its cost won’t impact the tax levy,.”
said Superintendent Daniel Connor. “At this time, plans are preliminary,
and depending on the amount of state aid that the district receives for
the project, may be scaled back to ensure that the Board’s goal is
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 Protocol) phone
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will
be answered in 2-3 business days and answers will be posted to the