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Facilities Operations & Maintenance

Department Overview

The Operations and Maintenance Department is responsible for approximately 1 million square feet of building space across 11 facilities on 260 acres. This includes cleaning, regular maintenance, snow removal, overseeing all construction work, and complying with all New York State Education Department health and safety regulations. The department also handles all deliveries within the district.

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District facilities at a glance:

  • 11 buildings and 10 out-buildings
  • Approximately 1 million square feet of buildings
  • 400 classrooms
  • 260 acres
  • 26 acres of parking lots
  • Oldest building: Elsmere, 1927
  • Newest building: Eagle, 2008

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Building Use

The district makes its facilities available to community groups during non-school hours as availability permits. Guidelines and fees for use can be found here [PDF].

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Five-Year Capital Facilities Plan

The goal of the Bethlehem Central School District’s Five-Year Capital Facilities Plan is to provide facilities that directly support the District’s Mission. This is accomplished through collecting, coordinating, analyzing and prioritizing the facility infrastructure and building program needs on a district wide basis.

View the Five-Year Capital Facilities Plan.

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Capital Bond Projects

Wood warps. Stone cracks. Roofs leak. Over time, buildings need maintenance and improvements. The same wear and tear you encounter in your own home also happens to the Bethlehem Central School District’s buildings. From time to time, BCSD will put a capital bond project proposal out to voters in order to address the labor and cost of maintaining the district grounds or doing improvements on a large scale that falls outside of regular day-to-day maintenance.

2016 Facilities Improvement Capital Project

On November 29, 2016, Bethlehem Central Residents approved a $32,165,551 bond referendum that will be used to pay for 111 facilities improvement projects across the district. Among the projects included in the proposal are building renovations, structural improvements, paving and drainage work at sites throughout the district, asbestos abatement, electrical and plumbing work and security upgrades. The cornerstone of the project is a $7.8 million renovation of the existing high school auditorium

The bond project was developed over several months during Board of Education meetings and community forums.

View full list of projects by building :

Bethlehem High School Projects
Bethlehem Middle School Projects
Eagle Elementary Projects
Elsmere Elementary Projects
Glenmont Elementary Projects
Hamagrael Elementary Projects
Slingerlands Elementary Projects
Transportation Projects
Operations & Maintenance Projects 

Construction overview:

Bethlehem High School
  • Renovate High School Auditorium using existing footprint.
  • Renovate and reconfigure the Library Media Center (LMC) by expanding windows to allow for more natural light, replace carpet, lighting, ceiling tiles and furniture.
  • Renovate all restrooms in B, D, F and G wings.
  • Provide additional security cameras.
  • Baseball field improvements including grading and drainage, replacing pitcher’s mound/plates, adding new backtops, fencing and plates on JV and Varsity fields. New dugouts/storage at varsity field.
  • Renovate & reconfigure high school main office and replace existing main office HVAC system.
  • Renovate large D-122 classroom.
  • Continue upgrades to pool area including repair to pool deck tile, drain replacement, replace bleachers, add PA system, upgrade ceiling acoustics. Replace filter/pump.
  • Renovate/reconfigure high school kitchen, replace ceiling, add new lighting, soffits, separate office from kitchen prep area.
  • Replace “press box” at stadium field for safety of game announcers, coaches and media.
  • Replace home and visitor bleachers at stadium field with ADA compliant bleachers. This will expand capacity from 1,000 to 1,500 on  “home” side and 500 to 1,000 on “visitor” side.
  • New drainage at fenced practice field.
  • Refinish/replace corroded exterior steel supports.
  • Window replacements in D wing to increase energy efficiency.
  • Sidewalk replacement near C wing.
  • Asbestos abatement in certain areas.
  • Pave gravel access road off Elm Avenue to allow 20 new parking spaces near athletic fields.
  • Install drop curb in southwest parking lot.
  • Repair/replace leaking skylights in F wing.
  • Replace hot water tank in F wing, make heating and air handling improvements.
  • Provide ADA compliant restrooms near the event parking lot located off Elm Avenue. Provide small storage area in building.
  • Extend existing irrigation to allow more efficient watering of athletic fields.
Bethlehem Middle School
  • Replace windows in original building (1932) and select windows in other areas
  • Provide additional security cameras throughout the school.
  • Kitchen reconfiguration to improve efficiency.
  • Renovate nurse’s office to increase privacy, functionality.
  • Replace roofing in pool/locker room wing, media center and band/chorus wing.
  • Replace damaged skylights in band/chorus classrooms.
  • Refinish/repair steel supports where corroded.
  • Miscellaneous asbestos abatement.
  • Replace flooring in older wings (1932 and 1956).
  • Replace stage curtains with new flame-retardant curtains.
  • Replace interior doors/hardware in 1932 and 1956 wings.
  • Pave gravel area of parking lot.
  • Upgrade pool tile and equipment, prep and refinish steel structure; replace starting blocks; replace old pipes.
  • Replace summer boiler.
  • Replace hot water ventilators in Rooms 045 and 039.
  • Upgrade public address (PA) system.
  • Replace upper gym floor, bleachers and wall pads.
  • Make improvements to track field.
  • Add additional outdoor storage.
Eagle Elementary School
  • Add security cameras.
  • Add exterior exit door cafeteria.
  • Add 8 parking spaces on south side.
  • Expand play area behind building and improve drainage along paved area.
  • Install new playground equipment (with additional support from PTA).
  • Install drop curb for snow removal.
  • Add air conditioning in 2nd floor library.
Elsmere Elementary School
  • Asbestos abatement in various areas of the school.
  • Reconfigure main office to improve front entry security.
  • Add security cameras.
  • Renovate gym including restoration of masonry, stage area and replacement of wall padding and backstops.
  • Replace stage curtains with flame retardant curtains.
  • Roof replacement.
  • Exterior masonry restoration.
  • Replace windows at 1964 wings.
  • Outdoor play area resurfacing.
  • Reconfigure traffic flow and add parking.
  • Replace pavement and improve drainage. Add/replace site lighting.
  • Replace sidewalk near flagpole, make entrances ADA accessible.
  • Replace drainage pipe.
  • Add storage building.
  • Hot water pipe replacement.
  • Stair refurbishment, new handrails
Glenmont Elementary School
  • Full kitchen renovation, including new equipment, reconfigured serving line.
  • Add security cameras.
  • Replace pavement, make drainage improvements in parking area.
  • Resurface basketball courts.
  • Replace stage curtains with flame retardant curtains.
  • Add ADA lift at stage.
  • Replace fire alarm components.
  • Refinish metal roofing on 1991 addition.
Hamagrael Elementary School
  • Pavement reconstruction.
  • Add security cameras.
  • Refinish metal roofing on 1991 addition.
Slingerlands Elementary School
  • Exterior masonry repairs near main entrance.
  • Replace bus parking pavement.
  • Add security cameras.
  • Renovate girls’ and boys’ restrooms in 1989 wing.
  • Repave front parking lot.
  • Replace deteriorated sidewalks.
  • Renovate school bus driver training area.
  • Provide additional security cameras.
  • Replace roof over existing building.
Operations & Maintenance
  • Add 10 parking spaces.
  • Modify driveway to accommodate larger trailers.
  • Provide additional security cameras.

2013 Facilities Improvement Capital Project

On March 12, 2013, Bethlehem Central residents approved a $20.2 million facilities improvements capital project that involves the maintenance of the district’s main facilities. With nearly 5,000 students and more than 800 employees moving through our 21 buildings, the scope of the work needed to provide a safe and encouraging learning environment is large, and will happen over the course of several years. Please return to this webpage to see the changes taking place at Bethlehem Central as part of this Facilities Improvement Project.

Project status:

Thank you for your patience as we build an even better BC! The project is complete.

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Energy Performance Contract

Beginning in summer 2016, several energy efficiency improvements will be made across the district as part of an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) the district has put in place. The $4.2 million EPC was approved by the Board of Education in 2014 to make energy-specific capital upgrades that will result in annual savings for the school district. Improvements will be made at locations across the district and include new LED interior and exterior lighting, installation of new boilers, pipe and valve insulation, demand-response ventilation controls as well as window replacement in some areas, and sealing and caulking at all buildings.

Learn more about the progress of the Energy Performance Contract.

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Planning & Training

Bethlehem Five-Year Capital Facilities Plans

Click here [PDF] to read the Bethlehem Five-Year Capital Facilities Plan, effective June 2011. This report, as required by the New York State Education Department (SED), is based upon observations made during visual surveys conducted by the project team led by CSArch Architecture|Engineering|Construction Management.

Districtwide School Safety Plan

In July 2015, the Bethlehem Central School District revised its Districtwide School Safety Plan in compliance with Project SAVE (Safe Schools Against Violence Education) Commissioner’s Regulation 155.17. This regulation requires school districts to develop a safety plan to prevent or minimize the effects of serious violent incidents and natural/manmade disasters and to facilitate the coordination of state, local and county resources in the event of such incidents or emergencies.

Please note that this district-wide plan is not the same as the building-level safety plan designed for each school. While linked to the district-wide school safety plan, building-level safety plans shall be confidential and shall not be subject to disclosure under Article 6 of the Public Officers Law or any other provision of law, in accordance with New York State Education Law Section 2801-a. The confidentiality of these plans is to ensure their ability to work successfully in the event of an emergency.

HazCom/”Right to Know” Information & Online Training

The Right-To-Know training will take about ½ hour and needs to be completed each year. If you have any questions, please contact Gregg Nolte (Director) or Jennifer Bennett (BOCES Safety Specialist) at the Operations & Maintenance Department at 439-2123.

What is Hazcom?

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within the US Department of Labor. The original Act included language to the effect that employees should be apprised of all hazards to which they are exposed on the job. In the early 80’s, OSHA implemented this instruction by enacting the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) as 29 CFR 1910.1200. (What is all this CFR stuff, anyway?) The HCS became effective in 1986. A fundamental premise of the HCS is that employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in the workplace have a right to know about the hazards and how to protect themselves. For this reason, the HCS is sometimes referred to as the Worker Right-to-Know Legislation, or more often just as the Right-to-Know law. Although the original HCS applied only to the manufacturing industry, subsequent court challenges have modified the scope of the law so that today the HCS applies to nearly all sectors or the work force. All Bethlehem Central faculty and staff have the ability to complete their annual HAZCOM training requirement electronically. To read how to take the training, please click here. Be sure to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.

Integrated Pest Management and Asbestos Management Plan Notifications

As part of the district’s responsibility to comply with all federal, state and local health and safety regulations, it must make annual notifications with regard to its Integrated Pest Management and Asbestos Management plans.

Integrated Pest Management

New York State Education Law Section 409-H and State Education Department Commissioner’s Regulation 155.24, effective July 1, 2001, require all public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools to provide written notification to all persons in parental relation, faculty, and staff regarding the potential use of pesticides periodically throughout the school year. The district is required to maintain a list of parents, faculty, and staff who wish to receive 48-hour prior written notification of certain pesticide applications. Download, fill-out and return this letter [PDF] if you wish to be on this list of persons receiving initial notifications.

Asbestos Management Plan

In accordance with the EPA Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, the Bethlehem Central School District has in place an asbestos management plan to identify and manage asbestos building materials. The Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) is kept on file at the district office at 700 Delaware Ave, Delmar. These records are available for review during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or by making an appointment. For more information, contact the Chief Business and Financial Officer in the district business office at 439-7481. Information about required inspections and any scheduled asbestos projects occurring this school year is contained within the AMP.

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Water Testing

On Sept. 6, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that requires public schools in New York to test ALL water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes for lead levels. The new law makes New York the first state in the nation to require all of its public schools to conduct lead testing on all sources of potable water.

In accordance with the new law, if the lead level from a water outlet exceeds the state’s action level of 15 parts per billion, the district will take immediate action. The state’s regulations require that all such outlets be taken offline, or otherwise restricted, until a remediation plan is implemented and further testing indicates that lead levels are below the action level. At that time, the identified outlets will be put back in service.

Link to 2016-17 water testing results.

For more information on New York’s new water testing law, view or download a fact sheet here

For specific questions related to Bethlehem Central’s water testing, please contact Gregg Nolte at

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Maintenance Direct

The Bethlehem Central School District’s Operations & Maintenance Department is pleased to introduce Maintenance Direct, the department’s new web-based work order system hosted by School Dude.

The department’s goal is to phase out the existing email work order process by June 1, 2018 and use Maintenance Direct exclusively after that date. Pre-existing work orders have already been input into the new system by O&M staff. 

Click here for more information.

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