by Nicole Reitz
The Fulton City School District is in the planning stages of a new capital construction project.
The proposed project will include work to be done at Fairgrieve and Volney elementary schools and a roof replacement at the G. Ray Bodley High School.
King + King Architects came to the most recent school board to present the scope of the project. His presentation included specific work in two categories, either priority one or priority two upgrades.
Technology upgrades are needed at Volney and Fairgrieve as well.
Left out in the 2007 and 2009 capital projects, Volney Elementary would need technology upgrades and subsequent classroom renovations for those upgrades.
Currently, Volney has movable partitions between classrooms. In this proposed capital project, those would be replaced with actual walls.
Renovation of the school’s existing computer classroom (adjacent to the Media Center) will be scheduled and a new computer classroom would be created.
Work at Volney could begin as soon as the spring of 2014 with the project closing out in the 2014-2015 school year.
Fairgrieve needs electrical wiring and security improvements, which includes cameras and access control.
The upgrades for technology at Fairgrieve and Volney would bring the two schools up to the level of the rest of the district’s buildings.
A special concern for Fairgrieve in the asbestos casing material in the plaster in the school’s ceilings.
“Fairgrieve has a good deal of abesestos, but it is not really an issue until you start to distrubt it,” said Kerry Tarolli of King + King Architects of Syracuse.
The goal at Fairgrieve is to take out all of the asbestos material in classrooms and the corridors and install new ceiling tile and grid during the summer of 2014.
Lockers within the classrooms would be removed and the school would get new ductwork and relief fans.
According to Tarolli, asbestos abatement couldn’t start until the summer and certain areas will need to be under containment.
Double shifts of aspestos abatement would be a priority so that other contractors and electricians could follow behind and ensure that rooms are ready for September.
Looking at the 2010 Building Condition survey, the highest priority number two would be the roofing at the high school.