Holley pursues $8.9 million capitol project

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 October 2014 at 12:00 am

File photo by Tom Rivers – Holley Central School celebrated a $32 million renovation, including a new addition, in September 2013. The district is now eyeing $8.9 million in other improvements.

HOLLEY – The dust has settled on about $32 million of school improvements at Holley Central School. But more work needs to be done and the district is ready to pursue “nuts and bolts” on improvements that weren’t part of a recent capital project, said Robert D’Angelo, the district superintendent.

The Board of Education last week voted to put an $8.9 million capitol project to the community for a vote on Dec. 9. The project includes roof top HVAC units, windows, radiators, flooring and exterior doors. The district also wants to improve the student drop-off area and the playground at the elementary school and move the tennis courts.

The district already has $2.5 million set aside in a capital reserve account to cover the local share of the project, which will be mostly paid for from the state. Waiting on this project also allowed Holley to access additional state funds for capital projects, school officials said.

“In essence, when all is said and done, the community will receive almost $40 million of capital project work at zero local tax impact,” D’Angelo said.

D’Angelo expects the projects in the capital plan will make the district more efficient and reduce energy costs. The work would likely be completed in 2016 and 2017.