Potsdam gears up for planned capital project set for 2023
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 5:46 pm

BY MATT LINDSEY

North Country This Week

POTSDAM — Potsdam Central School is in the beginning phases of its next capital project. The cost of the proposed project, which would break ground in 2023, is unknown.

“Our architects, SEI Design, will be conducting the building condition survey shortly after the first of the year,” said Potsdam Central Superintendent Joann Chambers. “That will help us identify possible components of the project and prioritize work to be done.”

By next summer, school officials hope to make a presentation of the project and its budget to the school board with a final scope and budget to be ready by September.

A voter referendum is tentatively slated for Dec. 15, 2020.

If approved by taxpayers, designing of the project would begin in 2021. Bids for construction contracts would go out in the fall of 2022.

Those dates are tentative.

“We would work with our financial advisors to determine the amount of debt we can incur, given that the timing of the project is such that we would be paying off a previous bond around the same time we would be starting to pay for the new project,” Chambers said.