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The mission of the Salmon River Building and Grounds Department is to provide a safe, comfortable and clean environment for students to learn and staff to work. The department also continues to improve facilities with the changing needs of our learners.

Capital Project Update

May 2016

View the April-May 2016 Powerpoint Update here.

Site work has been progressing very nicely and the contractors have taken advantage of the beautiful weather we have had.  The storm water piping and structures are about 95% complete and the new granite curbing has been installed.  Next week the contractor will pressure test the water lines and if they pass then the concrete sidewalks will be poured.  The area in front of the elementary will continue to brought up to grade and electrical work prepped for the exterior lighting.  The contractor feels they will have the new parking area in front of door 2 fully paved prior to High School Graduation. In anticipation of graduation, I requested that there be no site work in the arena area on June 24th.  I also made all the contractors aware of the heavy traffic near Door 9 for the other graduations and awards along with next week’s election.  

Work on the baseball/lacrosse field has started and the new field drainage system work will begin next week. 

Well drillers are on site and have made significant progress drilling the new wells for the geo-thermal system.  They have run into a lot of sulfur water during the drilling which does have an odor near the drilling site.  The well field work is expected to be complete by the end of June.  After this, the work can start to create the practice soccer/lacrosse field. 

The bus garage addition has started and the foundation walls have been poured.  Contractors are working on selective demolition of bathrooms and storage areas that will be renovated in the project.  Temporary power has been installed at the bus garage to accommodate the addition.

The 500 wing and board room demolition has been completed and the new underlayment for the floors has been laid.  New piping and ductwork has been run through about half of the wing and will continue.  The interior framing for the new classrooms in the 500 wing will begin next week. 

Roofing is expected to begin once school is done in June and will continue into the fall.  They plan to start in the arena and work their way to the high school/middle school end.  The auditorium work and arena lighting will start once graduation is done and these areas will be off line for the summer. The auditorium will be completed late December.

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April 2016

Construction on the Salmon River Capital Project is now underway. The official Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place on April 14th at 12:00PM in front of the Elementary School Entrance.

During the project, we expect some inconveniences, such as changes to the Elementary School drop-off and pick-up location, and we thank our parents and community members in advance for cooperation and patience. This capital project has been years in the making and we are thrilled to finally begin these important updates to our school.

Beginning March 31, 2016, the elementary school parking lot will be under construction. If you are picking up or dropping off your elementary student at school, please use the Thomas C. Cavanaugh Arena entrance (Door 1) and parking lot. Your child will be directed by staff to their classroom. See the map on the back for reference.

If you need to come to school at anytime during the day besides normal pick-up and drop-off time, please use the arena parking lot only.

The map below illustrates the temporary parking changes.


NOTE: If you currently pick up/drop off your child at the parking area 1, you will now pick up/drop off your child at parking area 2 (Door #1).

Currently, the projected timeline of projects is as follows:

  • 500 Wing in Elementary School
    • April 2016 to August 2016
  • 600 & 700 Wing in Elementary School
    • July 2016 to December 2016
  • Administrative Offices in Elementary School
    • January 2017 to June 2017
  • HS Gymnasium
    • April 2017 to August 2017
  • High School Auditorium
    • May 2016 to December 2016
  • Bus Garage
    • April 2016 to September 2016
  • 400 Wing in Elementary School
    • May 2017 to August 2017
  • Fitness Center
    • June 2017 to September 2017
  • Roofing Renovations
    • April 2016 to September 2017
  • Elementary School Parking Lot
    • April 2016 to August 2016
  • Athletic Fields
    • April 2016 to September 2016

Visit our District’s Facebook page for weekly updates on the construction process.



August 2015

At the August 10th Board meeting, the Architects and Construction Managers presented two options to the Board of Education regarding possible start dates for the capital project.  The two options presented were to start work in October 2015 which would allow for one summer of construction with a majority of the work being completed in the winter and spring months.  This option may be difficult given the significant amount of exterior and field work that needs to be completed.  The second option was to wait until April 2016 to start and allow for two summers of construction.  This would provide minimal disruption to classrooms and optimal weather for construction.  Based on the information presented, the Board unanimously decided to wait until April 2016 to start construction, with a September 1, 2017 completion date.  This would provide the best timeline for construction with the least impact on student learning.  The safety of our students is a top priority of the District.

June 2015

At the June 1st Board meeting, the Architects and Construction Managers presented an update to the Board of Education regarding the status of the capital project.  As previously reported, the construction bids came in over budget at the bid opening on May 21st.  Currently, the Architects are working to simplify the mechanical design, along with the site work.  They will work throughout June and July to complete this redesign while keeping the Elementary, athletics fields and transportation facility top priorities.  The project will go back out to bid to contractors in August and will be tentatively scheduled to start in mid-September.  The administrators, along with Natascha Jock and Ryan Adams, will work over the summer with the Construction Managers to develop a new construction schedule.  This will include temporary locations for staff as the construction is ongoing.  Look for updates as more details are developed on design and phasing.

May 2015

The District opened the construction bids on May 21st at 3 pm.  After the bids were tallied, it was determined that the bids came in over budget by approximately $8 million.  In October 2013, the voters approved the District to spend no more than $36.5 million.  Because the bids came in over this amount, the District was unable to award any contracts to the contractors.  The architects and construction managers are in the process of looking at a possible redesign of the mechanical systems and the site work involved in the project, as these were the two areas that were significantly over budget.   Without bids awarded, the project will not start this summer as planned.  The bidding process will be repeated after the redesign work is completed.  This means that the project most likely be delayed until summer 2016.

April 2015

The New York State Education Department recently approved Salmon River’s $36.5 million capital project, which has an anticipated construction start date of June 8, 2015, with an anticipated construction completion date of September 15, 2016. C&S and March Associates will hold a pre-bid walk through on April 27th, and bids will be due by May 21, 2015.

April 20, 2015 Capital Project Presentation

March 2015

In the upcoming months the District will begin work on a $36.5 million capital project. Due to the 16-month project schedule and the extensive amount of work to be performed, construction work will be completed during the school day. The District will work closely with the architects, construction managers, and contractors to ensure that we maintain a safe school environment during the construction project. Hard barriers will separate the areas under construction from the general school population.

September 2014
Since voter approval last October, the architects and engineers have been working closely with the District to develop detailed construction plans.  The architects have met several times with teachers and staff to go over fine details for classrooms and other areas of the building.  Over the summer, the capital project designs were submitted to the State Education Department (SED) for their review.  This process may take approximately 26 weeks for review.  After the approval is received from SED, the project will be broken up into separate contracts that will then be put up for bid with contractors.  This is expected to start in the late winter months.  Until then, the District will work with the construction managers to develop a schedule to ensure that the work for the project is completed within the 16-month time frame, with the least amount of disruption to instruction.  Details of the schedule will be shared with staff and parents once developed.  After the bids are awarded, construction will occur from approximately April 2015 through September 2016.

Work to be completed includes:

Elementary School

  • 400 and 500 wing
  • Open classroom wings
  • New library, cafeteria, music, art, and technology
  • Grade level meeting and common areas
  • Office area
  • Entry – security upgrades
  • Courtyard renovations

High School/Middle School

  • Replace all floor tiles and ceilings that contain asbestos
  • Renovate all remaining rooms in the HS and former Junior HS

Buildings & Grounds

  • All schools will have new HVAC
  • Replace all old plumbing
  • Connect to Fort Covington Municipal water
  • Cover salmon colored fascia with material to improve insulation and change color
  • Replace doors and windows – better insulation
  • Replace faded black siding with brick


  • Fitness Center
  • Fields: soccer, lacrosse, baseball, track, and practice softball
  • HS gymnasium
  • Parent/student drop off by door 2 and 3
  • New parking in front of school
  • Replace sidewalks in front of school

Bus Garage

  • New heating system
  • New mechanics work bay
  • New Electrical system
  • Office and parts room renovations
  • Asbestos remediation
Archived Capital Project Information

October 2013 – Capital Project Passes