On March 12, 2018, the Southern Cayuga Central Schools Board of Education approved a resolution for a $500,000 capital improvement project to address infrastructure repairs to the planetarium building. A public vote to approve the project will take place on May 15, 2018.
I’m pleased to announce a generous donation from J&B Installations Inc. and the Friends of the Planetarium will cover the full cost of the roof replacement which should take place this May. The generous donation from our community partners sets in motion an ambitious plan to renovate and reopen the planetarium. The next step in the process is the proposed capital project.
The proposed capital project will include the replacement of the heating and ventilation systems, electrical upgrades, masonry repairs, along with ceiling, floor, and lighting repairs. The project is now eligible for state building aid of approximately 81.2%. Four fifths of the total cost of the project would be covered by the state building aid reimbursement, and the local share of debt service would be funded by prior year savings.
Advocacy work by our local BOCES Superintendent Chris Todd secured the additional state funds for Southern Cayuga to make this project possible. The funds will be utilized for repairs to our unique facility and to create a STEAM classroom which will host our expanding robotic and coding programs. In the end, with voter support, all major structural and mechanical repairs and upgrades should be completed by Fall 2019.
SCCS Superintendent of Schools