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April 6, 2017: A group of nearly 40 Fayetteville-Manlius School District stakeholders have recommended to the F-M Board of Education that it should consider renovating the district’s oldest facility: Wellwood Middle School.

Following four meetings of lengthy discussion and deliberation, F-M’s Community Facility Task Force recommended that the board consider a complete renovation of the aging building’s 1933 section as the first project in a multi-phase plan that addresses facilities repairs and improvements district-wide.

“This is the first step in the decision-making process,” F-M Superintendent Craig J. Tice said during the board’s April 3 meeting, when he presented the recommendation. “The board ultimately decides what goes in the district’s long-range facilities plan and any proposal that goes before voters.”

In January, the board asked the task force, which is comprised of community and district representatives, to review three possible renovation options for Wellwood, two for Enders Road Elementary School and one for Fayetteville-Manlius High School. Educational consultants School Leadership, LLC identified these options in the fall as part of five overarching facility project options outlined in a K-12 Facilities Study Report.

In February, task force members narrowed their primary focus to Wellwood because the district’s 2015 state-required building condition survey indicated Wellwood is in the greatest need of infrastructure repairs. In March, the board expanded the three options for Wellwood to include a fourth, demolishing the existing building and constructing a new school on the same campus. Some board members felt that option was already being discussed by community members and therefore should be included in the task force deliberations.

The board accepted the task force’s recommendation and during the next two months will take a deeper look into the project and hash out its details, including the scope, how it could be phased, and how to lessen its impact on students. The board will also decide whether to propose multiple referenda or one large project that encompasses some, if not all, of the district’s other facility needs. The earliest a public vote could occur is this fall.

“We don’t want to make a rushed decision, but the state of our facilities and improving the learning environment for students and staff remains a priority,” Dr. Tice said.

More details about the recommended Wellwood renovation project will be presented at the next board of education meeting, which is set for 6:30 p.m. May 8 at Eagle Hill Middle School.


Below are the four options the F-M Community Facility Task Force considered regarding Wellwood.

Option 1

Basic Renovation Project: Includes new central HVAC system, roof, and windows (1933 portion of building); finish upgrades (ceilings, flooring, casework); renovation of kitchen/serving areas; new elevator(s) in accordance with building code; and asbestos removal.

Option 2

Enhanced Renovation/Classroom Additions: Includes same scope of work identified in option 1 plus a building addition to relocate classrooms and cafeteria/kitchen/serving areas from basement and infill the floor plate above the cafeteria across from the main office.

Option 3

Ideal Educational Addition/Renovation: This work involves a complete reconfiguration of the internal 1933 portion of the facility while maintaining the exterior shell. Options 1 and 2 could also be incorporated into this option.

Option 4

New Building: A new school would be constructed next to the existing building and then the existing structure would be demolished.


To review the planning process to date and weigh in, visit the F-M Let’s Talk! webpage at’stalk.


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