The December 13 capital project at OESJ focuses on four areas:
✓ Improved security and safety for students and staff.
✓ Improved energy efficiency.
✓ Replacement and upgrade of existing systems.
✓ Development or enhancement of educational spaces.
At OESJ Elementary School, these improvements are planned:
■ A building addition of 8,500 square foot for the new auditorium with a seating capacity of at least 500.
■ Additional parking for the auditorium and development of a student drop off at the rear of the building. This will allow bus and car traffic to be separated.
■ The existing computer room and tech room will be renovated to accommodate revamped music rooms.
■ The existing cafeteria will be renovated to remove the existing stage and improve seating.
■ The existing music areas will be renovated to create a recess room adjacent to the cafeteria ■ The current office area and entrance will be renovated to create a secure entry and lobby to control visitor access.
■ The existing locker rooms adjacent to the gym will be renovated to provide additional lobby area and public restrooms.
■ The library will be expanded and the mobile computer room will be located adjacent to the library.
■ Smaller classrooms will be expanded to provide more suitable sized teaching spaces.
■ Various support spaces, such as guidance / nurse and psychologist offices will be upgraded.
At the OESJ Junior/Senior High School, these improvements are planned:
■ Portions of the existing building will be demolished to construct new technology and agricultural classroom and shop space.
■ Improvements to the existing parking areas and the development of additional parking.
■ The existing technology area will be renovated to accommodate the main office with a new secure lobby serving as the new building entrance.
■ New science classrooms will be developed in the former agriculture and technology shops and classroom areas.
■ The existing office area will be renovated to accommodate a guidance suite and other student support functions.
■ An existing stairway will be removed and be replaced with a stair addition to improve circulation and reduce congestion in the hallway.
■ The existing science rooms will be renovated to accommodate the school district central offices and provide additional classroom space. A separate secure entrance for the district offices will be included in the design.
■ The existing music area will be upgraded.
Every five years, the state requires school districts to complete a Building Condition Survey. The survey highlights safety and health issues. The December 13 capital project includes these improvements highlighted in the Building Condition Survey at the elementary school: upgrade of water supply, masonry repainting and brick replacement, improved handicapped access, roof replacement and improved insulation, carpet replacement in selected areas, upgraded electric panels and more efficient LED lights, phone system upgrades, additional security cameras, pump and valve replacement, plumbing fixture replacement, mechanical system upgrades in select areas and fire alarm system upgrades.
At the Junior/Senior High School, the Building Condition Survey includes these improvements: replacement of several catch basins, re-coating of exterior insulation finish system, roof replacement, locker room upgrades, corridor locker replacement, upgraded lights with more efficient LEDs, additional security cameras, upgraded piping system (supply and drainage), plumbing trim replacement, mechanical upgrades in select areas, partial kitchen equipment replacement, telephone, bell system and fire alarm system upgrades.
At the bus garage, improvements include: selected door and window replacement, lighting upgrades with LEDs, catch basin and trench drain repairs, reclaim water system improvements and fire alarm system upgrades.
In this rendition of the proposed 8,500-square-foot, at least 500-seat elementary auditorium and stage, there will be seating for future theatrical productions, musical concerts, assemblies and other needs at OESJ Elementary School.
Right now, students either sit on the floor or in chairs in the gymnasium for these large events and parents sit on bleachers or in chairs.
The improved acoustics in this space will make this an ideal location for musical and choral concerts.
This rendition of the proposed elementary auditorium and stage shows the space from the vantage point of the stage. As can be seen, there will be plenty of seating (at least 500 seats) and space for future theatrical productions, musical concerts, assemblies and other needs at OESJ Elementary School.
The new auditorium will be located in the back of the building near the grade 6 classrooms.
This is a rendition of the proposed high school chemistry/physics classroom. The labs will feature the newest features needed to prepare students for future careers and college after graduation.
The lab tables are spaced apart, unlike the crowded labs in the high school today, to allow students to conduct experiments and better understand and learn the rigors of a high school Regents science program.
The project will relocate the earth science, biology and chemistry/ physics rooms to a larger 4,200-square-foot space near the main entrance and relocated office, as noted in the building rendition on page 5.
Another view of a proposed high school science classrooms.
Despite the crowded labs and outdated classrooms, OESJ students are doing better each year on Regents science exams.
Passing rates – and mastery rates indicating students who receive an 85% or higher on the exams – have climbed on every Regents exam at OESJ, but especially in the sciences:
Living Environment: 88% passed in 2015 and 21% achieved mastery; 95% passed in 2016 and 27% of those students achieved mastery.
Chemistry: 80% passed in 2015 and 20% achieved mastery; 83% passed in 2016 and 17% of those students achieved mastery.
Physics: 71% passed in 2015 and 29% achieved mastery; 92% passed in 2016 and 58% of those students achieved mastery.
This is a rendition of the new technology and agricultural space in the proposed project.
The 6,200-square-foot new space will be located toward the back of the building next to the auditorium.
This addition confirms the school district’s desire to keep technology and agricultural education as a strong part of the OESJ curriculum well into the future.
This rendition is of another learning space in the new technology and agricultural area in the proposed project.
This classroom space features saws, lathes and lumber used in the wood shops.
The 6,200-square-foot new space will be located toward the back of the building next to the auditorium.Students will be working in a state-of-the-art space to learn the hands-on skills and equipment that are becoming so necessary to work in the trades after graduation.
This shows the improvements that would be made at the elementary school as part of the Dec. 13 capital project vote.
This shows the improvements planned for the Junior/Senior High School building as part of the Dec. 13 capital project.
The building and classroom renditions were provided by March Associates Architects & Planners of Utica.