The Mount Markham Central School District community approved on Dec. 7 a capital project referendum that will invest $25.895 million in infrastructure, safety upgrades, and renovations to all buildings in the districts.
The final tally was 179 yes and 27 no votes.
Superintendent Joe D’Apice applauded the community’s support of the proposal, which includes enhancements to both indoor and outdoor teaching and learning spaces across the district. The project will also address critical safety, security and infrastructure work, such as roofing, plumbing, electrical, drainage, septic, technology and emergency communication systems in all buildings.
“This work will not only help modernize our school facilities, it will help strengthen the educational programs we offer to our students. By taking advantage of state building aid, we are able to complete this work at a fraction of its actual cost,” D’Apice said.
“My sincere thanks to the entire Mount Markham community for supporting this project and ensuring that our schools are the best they can be,’’ he said.
Approximately 95 percent of the project cost is expected to be funded through state building aid. The district plans to use about $2 million from its Capital Reserve Fund to cover the remaining costs, resulting in no increase to local residents’ school taxes as a result of this project.
The district will begin working with architects and state officials to finalize the project’s scope, cost and timeline. The preliminary plan is for construction to begin in the summer of 2023 and take about 18 months to complete, pending final approval of plans by the State Education Department.