On October 23, the Board of Education unanimously adopted a capital project referendum to be proposed to residents on December 20. The project is largely focused on the construction of a new competition gymnasium at the high school, including an elevated community-accessible walking track. Security enhancements at each of our buildings are also an important part of the project. The current outdated gymnasium no longer meets the needs of our students and community. The increased seating capacity of the new gymnasium will allow Hornell to host sectional competitions for the first time and hold school-wide assemblies and other large group events in the gymnasium. The new elevated walking path will provide community members with a space to exercise indoors.
This project will have no impact on taxpayers and will be funded by a combination of state building aid and the district’s capital reserves.
Construction of a new competition gym is part of Phase 2 of the district’s 10-year comprehensive facilities improvement plan. The planned improvements are a continuation of the district’s efforts to provide updated, modern spaces that support student learning and success.
“With Phase 1 of our long-range facilities plan underway, our focus shifts towards Phase 2 and the construction of a new competition gymnasium. This project represents our commitment to creating modern, safe, and inclusive spaces where excellence can thrive,” said Superintendent Jeremy Palotti. “A new competition gymnasium will ensure we can support the growth and development of our student-athletes and bring the Hornell community together under one roof for decades to come.”
The district’s newsletter detailing further information about the project will be mailed home in November.