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Catskill begins major capital project

Oct 23, 2020 6:00 am
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media Catskill Central School District administrators and board of education Thu., Oct. 22, marked the start of the district’s $40.8 million capital project. The project received approval in early 2019, and it was initially scheduled to begin in late June but was delayed due to the pandemic, Superintendent Ronel Cook said. “We’re hoping for a warm winter so we can get a lot of work done,” Cook said. “We’re very pleased to begin this process to bring 21st-century learning to our students and community.” The state will reimburse the district 69.5 cents for each eligible dollar spent. The remainder of the cost will come from $4 million the district set aside in a Capital Reserve Fund and from issuing bonds the district will repay over a 15-year period, according to the district. “That’s huge for us,” Cook said, referring to the state aid. “This is definitely a return investment. It’s a great day in Catskill.” Contractors will be on-site next week to start phase one of the project, which will include a new middle school gym, a track upgrade and converting the soccer field to a turf field, Cook said. The district hired BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers, and the contract manager for the work is Triton Construction. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.