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Vote on Norwood-Norfolk Central School capital project will be delayed until June

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NORFOLK — Norwood-Norfolk Central School Superintendent James M. Cruikshank said this week that the vote for the proposed $12 million-plus capital project is being pushed back.

School officials met in late January with architects, who noted the initial list of items required for the project would come in at nearly $13 million.

Mr. Cruikshank briefly discussed the capital project update with the school board Tuesday night, but said he has not spoken recently with William Taylor Architects, Syracuse, regarding which of the items to address.

“What the wait has been is for the analysis of some of the hazardous-material testing that they just completed, I believe at the end of this last week,” Mr. Cruikshank said.

He said he has spoken with Business Manager Lisa M. Mitras and Building Superintendent Robert A. Brothers about delaying the capital project vote until June “because we still want to hit our project dates.”

The price tag of nearly $13 million was presented in January by William Taylor, president of the architectural firm, but he noted that the number ultimately would depend on what portions of the project board members want to address.

At January’s work session, Scott L. Freeman, a landscape architect with Keplinger Freeman Associates LLC, East Syracuse, said among the proposals is to revamp the parking lot to separate private vehicles from buses. A preliminary drawing shows a new, third entrance and drop-off area in a traffic circle in front of the elementary school.

The presented plan would add two parking spaces to the 366 now in the lot.

Mr. Freeman added that if the elementary school playground were moved, more parking could be added. And “40-plus spaces” could be tacked on if the bus area could be opened in the evening. Mr. Cruikshank said that given the circumstances, he doesn’t envision the project vote this spring. Interior work will address asbestos and code issues.

The initial proposal also calls for an addition to the bus garage to accommodate equipment and an expanded delivery area; replacement of auditorium lighting and audio components because replacement parts no longer can be found, and replacing or repair ing curtains — some of which are missing — and seating.

The final price tag is estimated at $12,877,908.

If the project is approved by voters, the board could send the plans to the state Education Department in October or November. That review would take six to eight months, into summer 2015.

The bid process would take three to four weeks.

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