The Hudson City School District and Board of Education are pleased to make two big announcements about both phases of the Capital Project.
This newsletter provides a brief update regarding the design of the new primary wing at M.C. Smith Intermediate School (MCSIS) and funding for track/athletic facility add-ons.
Remember you can submit your questions/comments about any aspect of the Capital Project using this form.
New construction at M.C. Smith Intermediate School
The previous eNews update published on October 14, 2016 detailed the floor plans for the new primary wing at MCSIS as well as various design options for the roof of the new gymnasium.
At their scheduled meeting on Monday, October 24, 2016, the Board of Education reviewed an additional rooftop design option (pictured below).
This design is a combination of the flat roof and gabled roof designs and, because the pitched roof covers only part of the new gymnasium (as seen in the side view), it fits within our budget allowance. Additionally, the new design incorporates rooftop chimney stacks and fencing that mirrors the appearance of the original MCSIS building.
The Board gave the “go ahead” for the above design at Monday’s meeting. Now that there is an approved design for the MCSIS addition, Rhinebeck Architecture has begun the design development phase, which will include further detail and refinement of the plans and elevations for the District’s review. The design development phase, as well as a preliminary plan, should be completed and ready for submission to NYSED by the end of November. If all goes according to schedule, construction of the MCSIS addition should begin sometime during Fall 2017.
We would like to thank everyone who was involved in this design process. It truly was a collaborative effort and we are pleased with what the architects were able to present.
Track/athletic facility add-ons
As mentioned in the October 14th update, the design for the new track and athletic field complex, including the add-ons, has already been submitted to NYSED for review and approval. The add-on items, which were subject to removal if adequate funding was not secured, include an 8-lane track (as opposed to 6 lanes), steeplechase, additional jumping pit, scoreboard and relocating the pole vault outside the fenced-in area.
Since the last eNews was published, Dr. Suttmeier and two accomplished Hudson High School athletes, Mike Alert and Noah Taylor, met with the Galvan Foundation to discuss the importance of having an athletic facility that meets the requirements of Patroon Conference competition. As a result of their efforts, the District was able to successfully secure the majority of the $220,000 required to build the athletic facility with these add-ons. As a strong supporter of youth, education and the community, the Galvan Foundation has generously offered a $200,000 donation in order to complete this portion of the project to its highest potential.
This will enable the Hudson City School District to be a destination for future Patroon Conference meets (and perhaps other regional athletic events). In addition to hosting large events, the additional amenities will provide our students with the ability to train for these competitions on their home campus and eliminate the need to travel to neighboring school districts.
On behalf of all Bluehawks, the District is deeply grateful for the extraordinary generosity of the Galvan Foundation.
(See a larger infographic on the Capital Project webpage.)
Ways to get involved
The architects, engineer and construction management team are available to meet on Mondays at 11 a.m. in the District Office. Any interested party is welcome to attend by calling the District Office in advance at 518-828-4360, ext. 2101.
Hudson CSD Board of Education meetings are open to the public, and Capital Project updates are regularly on the agenda! The Board of Education will meet again on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the MCSIS library (get the full 2016-2017 meeting schedule here). We hope to have a three-dimensional model of the MCSIS addition as shown in the above image. Check our website for meeting agendas.
As always, you can comment on the Capital Project any time by using this form to submit questions or suggestions about what you read in the Capital Project Update eNewsletter, or about the project in general.
Get more information about the project on the Capital Project webpage.
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Hudson City School District Board of Education
Dr. Maria Lagana Suttmeier, Superintendent
Meghan Tice, District Communications