Fonda-Fultonville’s $19.4 million capital project is coming to a close. The major objectives of the project have been completed to address health and safety needs, program enhancements and energy efficiencies.
The third and final phase of the project addressed the district’s aging infrastructure by replacing heating and cooling, electrical and lighting systems. Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ciaccio said the majority of equipment that was replaced had far exceeded its life expectancy.
“It was crucial that we used the majority of our capital project to resurrect the infrastructure in our school buildings,” Ciaccio said. “The project was a great first step and we continue to look at the best ways to enhance and improve our facilities.”
Ciaccio said it is estimated that the district will save up to $30,000 a year in energy costs from the new efficient heating and cooling systems. Additional savings will be generated from LED lighting and higher efficiency boilers.
New and improved gymnasium
One of the most visible projects under the third phase includes the complete renovation of the high school gymnasium. Features of renovated gymnasium include flooring with a new playing court, bleachers with slightly increased seating capacity, new lighting and locker room rehabilitation.
“We’re proud to be able to play in a facility like this,” Girls Varsity Basketball Co-Captain Alyssa Duval said. “It’s exciting to welcome the visiting teams to our school.”
Additional 3rd Phase work
The project’s third phase also included a complete renovation of the school auditorium, middle school cafeteria and various classroom renovations, ventilation upgrades, blacktop, masonry, floor tile and ceiling repair.
All that is left to complete the capital project are finishing touches such as grout work, caulking and baseboard installation.
District voters approved the capital project in November 2014.
The first phase was completed during the 2016-17 school year. The work included roof installation, HS/MS band room renovation, MS gym renovation and weight room equipment replacement. The second phase included the construction of an outdoor athletics facility and related site work.