From the Desk of the Superintendent
Dear Copenhagen Community,
The Copenhagen Central School District takes great pride in not only the excellent educational experiences and opportunities we provide for our students but also our facilities. As you are well aware, the school is the center of our community. Most everything that happens in Copenhagen happens at the school. Everything from Girl Scout meetings, karate classes, holiday celebrations, and dances, to youth sports, PTO meetings and a host of other activities. Our building and grounds are bustling with activities day and night, during the week and weekends as well. We are truly a community hub, and I believe that it is vitally important that we provide safe, energy efficient facilities that are well maintained, up-to-date and welcoming for our students, staff and community members.
On January 14, 2019, I am asking all Copenhagen community members to vote on a $5.9 million dollar capital project that includes renovations and upgrades to the school building, the bus garage, and the athletic fields. Some of the project items are “behind the scenes” improvements in our building and bus garage that address plumbing issues while some are more visible like the replacement for all lighting with energy efficient LED bulbs. The project also includes a significant amount of site work including the removal of the lower bus garage, paving and drainage upgrades at the upper bus garage, and the installation of an artificial turf athletic field that will allow our teams to play soccer, baseball, and softball on a state of the art facility.
A capital project is an important undertaking for any school district, and it is important that the project reflect not only the needs of the district, but the values and priorities of the entire school community. I hope you will take some time to read and review the information provided in this brochure, which answers questions such as:
1. What is the entire scope of the project? 4. Will my taxes go up?
2. What is the project timeline? 5. Why an artificial turf field?
3. How will it be paid for? 6. How will the entire community benefit?
I also encourage you to come to the Capital Project Hearing that will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria to hear more about the project and to ask any questions you may have. Members of the public can also attend any regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting or contact me at school (315) 688-4411. We can talk on the phone or meet in person.
Thank you for your continued support of the Copenhagen Central School District and all you do to make this community a great place to live.
Scott N. Connell
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