• St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Capital Project Proposal: Build Up CTE

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    Voters Approve St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Capital Project

    Construction on the three career and technical education buildings expected to begin in 2020 

    On October 9, 2018, voters approved the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES capital project 992 to 141 in a public referendum. Voting was held from 12PM to 8PM at each career and technical education (CTE) center location, as well as the educational services center in Canton. 1,133 votes were cast, including absentee ballots.

     The approved proposal totals $43.5 M. Work at Seaway Career and Technical Education Center in Norwood totals $18.3 M. The renovations at Southwest Career and Technical Education Center in Fowler will cost $9.76 M. At Northwest Career and Technical Education Center in Ogdensburg, the work will cost $15.5M.

    The approved project proposal will update infrastructure including plumbing, electrical systems and ventilation, and also add space at Seaway Tech to accommodate increasing enrollments. Seaway Tech has the largest enrollment of the three centers.

    The BOCES is working with architects from March Associates, who will begin the design phase of the project this week. The design phase is expected to take roughly 5 months. Designs must be submitted to the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) for approval.  NYSED review time is currently estimated at 38-40 weeks. Bids on the project from construction companies will open after NYSED grants its approval. Construction is anticipated to start in spring of 2020.

    “The voting results speak for themselves,” said BOCES District Superintendent Thomas Burns. “Most people in the North Country have been touched in some way by CTE programming, whether it be a family member who graduated from one of the programs, or an employer who has hired one of our graduates. A majority of high school juniors and seniors in our area attend a CTE program every day and we owe it to them to provide a modern learning environment. We thank the voters for their support and look forward to beginning the renovation process.”

     

     

     

     Proposed Scope:

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    Anticipated Project Timeline:

    • Finalize Project Scope and Budget (May 2018)
    • SEQRA (State Environmental Quality Review Act)- Coordinated review (July 2018)
      • The SEQRA process must be completed before scheduling the referendum
      • This process is run by the BOCES architect in consultation with the attorney
    • BOCES Board sets the referendum process (Summer 2018)
      • The board passes a resolution establishing the date, time and place of vote
      • The board appoints officials to run the vote
      • The absentee voter procedures are established
    • Referendum (Fall 2018)
      • Project will require approval by eligible voters the SLL BOCES region.
      • Voters must be:
        • US citizen
        • 18 years or older
        • Resident of the BOCES for 30 days before the vote
      • Design Phase of Project (Begins Fall 2018)
      • State Education Department (SED)- review of project plans and specifications (Minimum of 6 month review process)
      • Dormitory Authority (DASNY)- financing of project
      • Project Bid Phase (Spring 2020)
      • Project Construction Phase (Begins Summer 2020)

     

    CTE At A Glance

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    SLL BOCES Facilities Committee

    The Facilities committee meets regularly to discuss current and upcoming repairs, upgrades, and the proposed capital project. The committee is comprised of BOCES and component district representatives including:

    Thomas Burns, SLL BOCES District Superintendent 

    Darin Saiff, SLL BOCES Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

    Nicole Ashley, Director of Financial Affairs

    Kevin Perretta, Director of Facilities

    Jane Akins, Director of CTE, Adult, and Alternative Education

    Reneé Langtry-Greene, Director of Special Education

    Craig LaLonde, Informational Technology Supervisor

    Rebekah Grim, Manager of Communications and Print Services

    Roger Bennet, SLL BOCES BOE President

    Dana Smith, SLL BOCES BOE Vice President

    Michael Davis, SLL BOCES BOE Member

    Jim Young, SLL BOCES BOE Member

    Timothy Vernsey, Superintendent of Ogdensburg City School District

    Patrick Brady, Superintendent of Massena Central School District

    Lauren French, Superintendent of Gouverneur Central School District

    Eric Burke, Superintendent of Madrid-Waddington Central School District