OTSELIC VALLEY – The Otselic Valley Central School District’s $17 million building project continues to move forward despite some minor setbacks. The project – approved by voters in September of 2011 – will see the district consolidating its elementary and Junior-Senior High schools, and OV Superintendent Richard Hughes said the move to one campus, in South Otselic, is still a go for the 2013-2014 school year.
“We finally received approval by our project manager for the structural component of the project in October,” reported Hughes in a prepared statement and update on the building project. “Since then we have received approval on the mechanical and plumbing ... we are still waiting approval on the electrical.”
Once the full expansion is completed, all students, K-12, will attend a single campus, while the elementary school – situated in Georgetown – will be converted into a transportation facility and community center. This year, in preparation for the consolidation, the district’s fifth and sixth graders were moved to the Junior-Senior High school, a move that brought a new energy and enthusiasm to the building, according to the adminstration.