Voters in the York Central School District approved by a nearly 2-to-1 margin a $2.9 million STEAM/Capital project to will transform the third floor of the school into creative learning space and also make improvements to the building.
The project passed Oct. 19 with 163 votes in favor and 83 opposed.
“We are very appreciative of the continued support by the community of the programs and opportunities for our students,” Superintendent David Furletti said in an email to The Livingston County News. “This is an exciting project that will provide state-of-the-art STEAM facilities to our students. It is the community’s positive support that helps the district to continue to move forward.”
The proposed project focuses on the third floor of the school. The project will include renovating rooms to include computer-assisted design, or CAD, and coding labs; areas for robotics, digital media such as video production, and STEAM - science, technology, engineering, art and math - areas. Included in the renovation plans are breakout areas and multi-use spaces.
The project will also include window replacement, improvements to heating, ventilation and air conditioning, including air quality improvements; safety and security updates, LED lighting and technology upgrades.
The project will not have an additional tax impact on district residents, Furletti said.
The $2.9 million project would be funded by $760,743 from the district’s capital reserve fund, and $2,139,256 from New York State Building Aid.
Furletti, in a project video, said the project will create a space that is “dedicated to providing the skills opportunities and experience to allow our graduates to not only compete but to excel after leaving YCS and chasing their dreams.”
The district will next submit the project to the state Education Department for review and approval.
The project is expected to go out to bid this winter, with physical work on the project beginning in April with complete at the end of August. The goal is to have students in the new space in September 2022.
The project, Furletti said in the video, is “intended to revitalize instruction for the purposed of adaptability and to provide dedicated space for science, technology, engineering, art and math.”
The re-imagined corridor space will provide breakout areas for instruction and group collaboration. The high-transparency classroom design will allow for supervision and also spectator viewing and a demonstration arena, Furletti said.
The CAD classroom will bring 21st century learning adaptability to the classroom with real-world applications for career or college readiness and a flexible arrangement for independent and collaborative learning experiences, Furletti said.
The CAD classroom will also include 3-D printers.
The STEAM and robotics areas will be designed to allow cross-curricular opportunities. The STEAM classroom will feature a high-tech, integrated environment design and be versatile to allow the area to change and grow with the program, according to Furletti.
The robotics area will allow for the design, building and programming of robots. The area will also include a demonstration arena.
The renovations and classrooms will feature a “modern look to match the curriculum,” Furletti said.