Voters Can Boost State Aid for School Project!

(May 1, 2018) -- Voters in the Cairo-Durham Central School District will have a chance on May 15 to bring a boost in state building aid to a $1.7 million Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project at the district.

The EPC project, which was approved by the Board of Education in April, will have zero tax impact on local taxpayers. It is expected to save the District more than $100,000 taxpayer dollars annually on utility costs by improving energy efficiency throughout the district.

In addition to significant savings on utility bills, the EPC project aims to enhance the educational environment for students and staff. Examples of project items include replacing/upgrading interior lighting, boilers, insulation and HVAC systems and controls.

The project will include a complete overhaul and installation of new LED lighting systems in district buildings. The LEDs will be integrated with an adaptive lighting control system that adjusts to its surroundings. For example, the new lighting will automatically dim when the sun shines and turn off when a classroom is empty. This innovative technology is expected to reduce the District’s energy consumption on the lighting portion of its utility bills by nearly 70 percent.

There will also be significant improvements made to building mechanical and control systems, creating a more comfortable learning environment as well as further reducing energy usage by implementing highly efficient systems. Building envelope upgrades will also be made, such as increased insulation throughout specific areas to promote energy efficiency.

Although the EPC project does not require voter approval, the community has an opportunity to vote on it and allow the District to receive an additional 10% in state building aid if the proposition is approved. This would bring the total amount of state aid for the EPC project to approximately 74 percent.

The May 15 public vote also includes the 2018-19 school budget, an election to fill three (3) open seats on the Cairo-Durham Board of Education, and propositions for bus purchases and a capital reserve fund. More information about these ballot items is available at www.cairodurham.org/budget