Photo by Morgan Frisch
Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson speaks to the board of education regarding the capital project last week.

By MORGAN FRISCH
Fulton County Express

BROADALBIN — Broadalbin-Perth Central School District’s $39.7 million capital project construction is expected to begin this spring.
Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said phase one will consist of outdoor work at both campuses. Athletic fields, increased parking and the installation of a separate access road at the Broadalbin campus will be included in this phase.
Representatives from the district’s architecture firm, CSArch, and engineering firm, Environmental Design Partnership LLP, spoke during the board of education meeting last week regarding phase one of the capital project.
The detailed plans were sent to the State Education Department on Nov. 18 and Tomlinson expects approval by the end of January. Once approved, the district can accept and award bids to contractors.
Tomlinson said while phase one work will last through December 2017, many aspects of phase one will be completed before the 2017-18 school year begins. This includes doubling the parking at the Perth campus and adding the separate access road from County Highway 107 into the parent and visitor parking lot. The Perth campus will have a separate parent drop-off to to eliminate vehicle stacking and conflicting vehicle-pedestrian movements. Baseball and softball fields at the Perth campus will be updated and the walking trail will be expanded to create an educational nature trail.
The phase one construction at the Broadalbin campus will update athletic fields. This includes replacing the existing turf, creating new baseball and softball fields and resurfacing the track. A 1.6-mile cross country trail with trail spurs will be created.
Board President Edward Szumowski asked if the trail was going to be gated off so motorized vehicles could not access it. Presently, Tomlinson said, the trail would not be gated.
“What we are trying to do is give the community a place to go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing,” Tomlinson said.
The district is considering looking into a mountain biking program in the future, Tomlinson said. He said the new trail would be suitable for that as well.
Phase one includes adding an access road with the parking adjacent to the new fields. The main campus drive from County Road 126 will be redirected in an effort to mitigate traffic issues and make for a safer environment.
“What we hope is that this decision is going to be successful in a way that they [parents] will see how easy it is to drop their child off,” Tomlinson said.
More parking issues will be addressed during a different phase of the capital project. The 40-year-old energy management system and the phone system will be replaced at both campuses. These replacements are considered urgent because replacement parts are no longer available.
“Well I think this is a good start,” Tomlinson said. “We’ve had some good questions.”