BOCES Asks Voters To Okay Purchase Of This Building

BOCES Asks Voters To Okay Purchase Of This Building

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The BOCES campuses in Watertown and Glenfield Were built in 1969 and that was the last time a capital project was done. Now BOCES Superintendent Stephen Todd says the buildings are in need of improvements.

"We're looking at electrical systems, heating and ventilation systems, doors and windows that have already gone beyond their expected lifespan," he said.

In March, voters from the 18 school districts BOCES serves will be going to vote on making those improvements to the building's systems and infrastructure. Todd says the project would cost up to $20 million.

But when voters head to the polls, they'll also be voting on taking over the old St. Peter's Catholic School in Lowville. BOCES has been renting the building for more than 4 and a half years from St. Peter's Church and using it as the Boak Educational Center. Now, it is asking for voters to give them permission to purchase it at a cost of $0.

"We have had a 5 year lease agreement with them where by over 5 years of lease payments and we're reaching the end of that 5 year lease in June we would have the option to purchase that building at no cost," said Todd.

Lowville Mayor Donna Smith says she's glad to hear BOCES wants to stay in the village. She says it has been good for the community and brought jobs to the area.

"It shows that they're here, they're set, they're solid. They've had 5 years to make sure things are going to work okay, so obviously the numbers have worked out. Anything that's happening in our village that leaves a building as not a vacant space is very positive for the community," she said.

The vote is on March 7. There will also be 2 informational sessions at the end of this month for the public.

Informational Sessions:

February 26th - 6 p.m.

CHARLES H. BOHLEN, JR. TECHNICAL CENTER
20104 State Route 3
Watertown, NY 13601


February 28th - 6 p.m.

HOWARD G. SACKETT TECHNICAL CENTER
5836 State Route 12
Glenfield, NY 13343

Voting:

March 7th 12p.m.- 8p.m.

CHARLES H. BOHLEN, JR. TECHNICAL CENTER
20104 State Route 3
Watertown, NY 13601


Indian River District Office


HOWARD G. SACKETT TECHNICAL CENTER
5836 State Route 12
Glenfield, NY 13343


Boak Educational Center
Lowville, NY

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