Keith PalmerSuperintendent of Schools
Elba Central School
57 S Main Street PO Box 370 Elba, New York 14058-0370
585-757-9967 Fax 585-757-2713The purpose and tradition of Elba Central School District and its community
is to empower and inspire our students to be continuous learners who are challenged to succeed.
Our building could use a little work. The past three years, we have slowly been chipping away at some architectural and plumbing needs, but there is more to be done.
Based on the District’s 2015 Building Condition Survey as well as more recent input from Board members, staff and students, there is as much as six million dollars’ worth of work that has been identified. Working with architectural/engineering firm, Clark Patterson Lee (CPL), a comprehensive list of civil, architectural, plumbing, mechanical and electrical needs is being refined. A few of the bigger ticket items include: replacement of remaining “out-of-warranty” roofing, on-site bus parking, window replacement, HVAC for the cafeteria, abatement of basement floor tiles and upgrades to our playground.
A couple of the original list items have already been addressed through our annual $100,000 capital outlay projects. This year, we were able to fix a few of the roof leaks near the auditorium and address some of our plumbing needs with the installation of a new hot water system. Next year, we are poised to replace high school lockers on the second floor and construct a secure walk-in vault to house state assessments.
Qualifying technology items are being addressed through the Smart Schools Bond Act. Technology items will be purchased by the District and, in turn, receive 100% reimbursement from the State. The Elba School District has been approved for $547,789 worth of technology related upgrades and purchases that include new fiber, switches, servers, security cameras, access points, phone system and access controls. Our Smart Schools Investment Plan can be viewed at https://www.elbacsd.org/domain/29.
As for funding a large scale project, we are working with BPD Financial Planning with the charge of “No Additional Taxes” to our community. Given our 87%+ Building Aid from the State and appropriately-funded Capital Reserve account, we are in a good position to meet this charge.
For the time being, we continue to refine our scope and budget, making sure we have identified all of our needs and some of our wants. Once our priorities have been determined, we will conduct the required environmental quality review before an official resolution is presented to the Board. This project will ultimately require voter approval prior to submission to the State Education Department.
Spring is in the air. As always, feel free to call, write or stop on in if you have any questions or concerns.