By DAVE GYMBURCH Staff writer
A view of the exterior of John E. Joy Elementary School. Renovations of the school will wait until after renovations of Strough Middle School. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)
Joy Elementary School, the final Rome elementary site in line for a building-wide upgrade, likely will not be renovated until the 2014-15 year, says district Superintendent Jeffrey P. Simons.
The date is based on Strough Middle School renovation plans that now aim for completion in 2013-14, Board of Education President Patricia Riedel said today, adding the board never considered trying to do the two projects at once. The upcoming Strough project until recently had been projected to include 2014-15 as well.
An estimated $5 million renovation of Joy was part of a $30 million public bonding referendum for elementary school repairs approved by voters in January 2010.
The district is "in good shape overall on the referendum" regarding available funding left with "one more piece" still to be done, the board’s buildings and grounds committee was told Wednesday by Chris Crolius, a partner in March Associates of Utica, the district’s architect.
The Strough project was approved in a separate $25.4 million referendum in December 2011.
Crolius said after the meeting that the state aid "ceiling" for Joy work is about $5.2 million.
Other projects have included Ridge Mills in 2010-11, the nearly completed Gansevoort in 2011-12, Denti in 2012-13 with work beginning next month, and 2011-12 work at the former Clough school that hosts the pre-K program and district central offices.
Since 2006, Bellamy and Stokes schools also have undergone major renovations.
Joy’s renovation is expected to include temporarily placing students at the former Fort Stanwix school in 2014-15; enrollment includes about 245 students in pre-K through grade 4.