Cato-Meridian Central School District
2851 Route 370
Cato, NY 13033
Fall 2013 Completion Date for
Middle School Excel Upgrades
In 2008, district voters approved a capital project for much needed inside renovations to the middle school. The project included the removal of asbestos, new classroom ceilings; new classroom lighting and new classroom VCT tile floors. Also in order to provide the middle school with a secured, single-entry point entrance, renovation work moved the middle school office to the front of the building. The new location of the middle school office permits students and visitors alike to make use of the most beautiful architectural features of the building. In fact, the Georgian colonnade entrance in the center of the building has never been used before as a main entrance to the school. This work preserves the historic integrity of the center colonnade, while adding a secure entry point annexed to the main office.
The State Education Department has approved the outside stage of the EXCEL capital project which will create handicap parking, a student drop off circle and access to the front entrance of the middle school from the south parking lot. Additional handicap parking on the north bus circle will not interfere with the pristine view of the school building, but will provide easier access to the middle school by parents and other visitors. This work will be completed during the summer of 2013.
New Proposed Capital Project
During our 2012 Annual Visual Inspection we uncovered some much needed repair work on the outside of the middle school. Evidence of structural decay of the slate roof, damage and missing brick work, evidence of rot, decay and corrosion of the wooden moldings and cupola are a few of the concerns in the inspection. The preservation of the architectural features as well as the historical significance of the building needs to be addressed. The new capital project’s debt service will replace old debt service that is being retired. The new capital project will not increase the local tax burden. The Board of Education voted to put the new capital project up for a public vote on May 21st. At their next regularly scheduled meeting on April 8,2013, the Board of Education will hold an informational session to share details of the proposed project and to listen to public input.
Crosby S. Lamont, Jr.
Assistant Superintendent for Business