Project 2021 Skaneateles

A conceptual image for Skaneateles Middle School's gym under the capital project proposal Project 2021.


The Skaneateles Central School District will have a sit-down with community members over its possible capital project, the district announced Monday.

The district is holding a community forum for its Project 2021 endeavor Wednesday at the high school, according to a press release. The venture, which includes reconstructions and upgrades of district buildings, is currently set at a total cost not to exceed $36.5 million.

A question-and-answer session will be held as a part of the forum. A tour of the buildings will be held afterward.

The project's cost and other major elements were revealed at a district board meeting Sept. 19. District Superintendent Ken Slentz said last month extra tax support won't be needed from the community to support the project.

The community's share is currently set at $12,323,641, or 33.8 percent of the cost. The district is also set to be eligible for $21,815,575 in estimated state aid, or 59.8 percent of the cost. The district also has $2,250,000 in capital reserves and a $110,784 gift set aside for the press box.

The approximated state aid for the district is based on a conservative estimate of 95 percent of the project being eligible. The average annual local share over 20 years would come to $616,432 per year.

The possible project includes replacing Waterman Primary School's 1972 boiler, reconstructing the middle school's gym, fixing the primary school's leaking foundation, establishing energy efficiency in the classrooms, securing the entries of every buildings main office and switching out State Street Intermediate School's windows, among other items.

The Project 2021 name is a reference to the year a piece of the district's mortgage on the undertaking will be paid off.

Taxpayers will be able to vote on the project from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 14 at the Skaneateles Central School District Office, 45 E. Elizabeth St.