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Pioneer Panthers
Wednesday, February 05, 2020

The Pioneer Board of Education approved a $21.2 million capital improvement project at its Feb. 4 regular meeting, and set a March 24 public vote date.

Voters must be residents of the Pioneer School District, at least 18 years of age, and must show identification at the Pioneer High School polling place. The project would have a 0 percent local taxpayer impact.

The project is based on building condition surveys and the district's long-term capital plan, which is approved by the Pioneer Board of Education and the New York State Education Department.

The proposal would focus largely on the high school. The facility's roof is in dire need of replacement, at a cost of nearly $6.3 million.

The high school would also receive redesigned physical education locker rooms, which are original to the 50-year-old facility.  The new design incorporates additional team rooms within the physical education locker room space.  

Additionally, the proposed project would improve safety with the installation of a security vestibule within a newly remodeled and expanded lobby.  The expansion of the lobby will better accommodate larger crowds during events in the auditorium. 

Inside the high school auditorium, the stage would see upgrades, including a state-of-the-art video wall which modernizes set design, and it can be used for theater productions, concerts, and special events for the school district and community.

Improvements to Pioneer Middle School would continue under the proposed project with extensive renovation and technology upgrades of the existing Library Media Center and renovations to the Family & Consumer Sciences and Art classrooms.

At Delevan Elementary, the proposed plan calls for the replacement of aged carpet in 53 rooms with new vinyl flooring.

Financing  the project would utilize a combination of state building aid (reimbursed at a rate of 89.5 percent) and capital reserves, resulting in no additional local tax burden.  Including the proposed project, through the use of state building aid, capital reserve funds, and other available funds, over $100 million of capital work has been designed and implemented with no additional impact to the local tax levy since 2007.

The March 24 public vote date will provide the time to place the district in a favorable position for contractor bidding and to be able to begin construction during the summer of 2021.