Mayfield Jr./Sr. High School

Jon Peterson


27 School Street

Mayfield, NY 12117



Jr/Sr High School



Elementary School


leaf bullet Building the Future, Restoring the Past

Check out photos of the Summer 2018 construction work


Many capital projects on tap to be completed this summer

April 19, 2018

As part of Mayfield’s $15.5 million 2016 capital improvement project, the remaining items are to be completed this summer. About $10.5 million worth of work from the project has already been accomplished. Here is the list for this summer:

At the Jr./Sr. High School: renovations to the art, Family and Consumer Sciences, Project Lead the Way and Distance Learning classrooms, as well as the weight room; upgrades to the auditorium, including new lighting, stage, video capabilities and energy-efficient fixtures; creation of a secure vestibule and relocation of the main office, guidance and library; addition of a secure vestibule for entering the District Office; installation of a pass-key system/fob access to two entry doors; upgrade of the security, fire and emergency alarms and public address system; field improvements including drainage, playing surfaces, fencing, backstops and scoreboards; and enhanced handicapped accessible parking.

At the Elementary School: upgrades to the main office with creation of a secure vestibule; additional security features including a pass-key system; upgrade of the public address and notification systems; replacement of the original building doors and hardware; upgrade of the corridor floor; renovation of the north and south wing boys and girls bathrooms and small classroom bathrooms; and replacement of roll-up shades.

Construction bids came in lower that budgeted; some items on hold may be done

December 7, 2017

On November 30, the Board of Education awarded three construction bids in the third and final phase of the capital project that were under budget, allowing board members to now consider proceeding with some of the on-hold fields work at the junior-senior high school as well as consider alternates included with the general construction (GC) bid.

The three bids that, as a total, came in under budget were for GC, plumbing and theatrical work.

"This was great news!" said Superintendent Jon Peterson. "The (Board of Education's) Facilities Committee will now determine how best to proceed with the on-hold projects, including the field work at the high school."

He also said the theatrical contractor will begin making auditorium improvements so that they are completed in time for the spring musical in March 22-24. Read more

Capital project enters Phase 3; athletic upgrades on indefinite hold

October 23, 2017

As the “Building the Future, Restoring the Past” capital project enters its third and final phase, school officials want to be sure the all of the educational and building improvements are completed in the $15.5 million plan.

Because some construction bids came in higher than estimated, there is a need to cut back on part of the project.
To that end, the district has suspended all future work on the junior-senior high school athletic fields. That will mean not adding three feet of topsoil to the baseball and soccer fields, not relocating the softball field and not building the concession stand, estimated at $300,000. These changes are in addition to the earlier eliminations of the artificial infields and addition of field lights.

“Instruction comes first and anything related to instruction and the daily use by our students and staff should be the first priority of our district,” said Board of Education President Ernie Clapper. Read more here

Capital Improvements Project Update

April 25, 2017

Bids for Phase 2, of the 3-Phase Capital Improvements Project, have been awarded and some of the construction began over spring break.  All of Phase 2 should be completed over the upcoming summer break.  This includes new roofs over most of both buildings and athletic field improvements at the Jr/Sr High School.  Portions of Phase 3 will begin this summer, but, unfortunately, will not be complete until the summer of 2018.  The reason being, that the bids for Phase 3 for General Construction, Plumbing and Theatrical, were well over budget, which means that we will not award them at this time and won't see those improvements this summerBids will, however, be awarded for the mechanical and electrical contracts for this summer, so that both buildings will receive new boilers, with many classrooms receiving new uni-ventilators.  All rooms will receive new controls.  Converting all lights to LED will also begin this summer, mostly in the Jr/Sr High School.  We are problem-solving as we work along with our architects BCK and construction managers C&S to repackage those bid documents.  Our plan is to re-bid in September and begin these final Phase 3 items during school breaks of the 2017-2018 school year, with completion over the summer of 2018.  These remaining items in Phase 3 will include offices/library/classroom renovations, lighting in the Elementary School, flooring upgrades, etc.  We will continue to provide updates as they emerge.

Phase 1 of Capital Project set to kick off this summer

Elementary school work - playground, athletic fields, parking - first to get upgrades

June 3, 2016

Superintendent Jon Peterson announced today that the first phase of the Building the Future, Restoring the Past" capital project - which includes work at the elementary school - has received approval from the state Education Department.

The district's architects for all three phases of project is BCK-IBI. MCS employees whose instructional or office spaces were impacted have been directly involved in the designs.

Phase 1 was submitted last month to the New York State Education Department and the school district received approval on June 2, said Peterson. Read more here

Building the Future, Restoring the Past

January 12, 2016
The proposed $15.5 million capital project was APPROVED today. Turnout was light. Out of 213 votes cast (189 votes at the machine and 24 through absentee ballots), 136 community members supported the project and 77 voted against it. That is a 63.8 percent approval rate.
"We are very pleased by the support from the community," said Superintendent Jon Peterson. He said the first order or business is to establish an elementary committee to review the playground/parking aspects of the project before it is submitted to the state for approval.
"I'm very relieved that the community supported the project," said Board of Education member Kevin Capobianco, who along with Board Vice President Robert Suits worked on developing the project over the past year and a half. "The public knows that we will do the right thing."





The proposed capital project will make safety and security, energy and maintenance and instructional updates and improvements at both schools and the transportation buildings.

The comprehensive January 12 project has been developed for more than a year by the Capital Project Facilities Committee and included input from students, staff and parents.

Community voting will be held from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12 in the high school gymnasium lobby.


As can be seen in the chart above
, the majority of the proposed January 12 capital project - 64 percent - is to pay for energy and maintenance projects at both schools and the transportation buildings followed by instructional projects - 25 percent.


In the photos above
, on left, the two elementary boilers would be replaced in the capital project as would the two boilers at the Junior/Senior High School. More efficient heating boilers would be installed at both buildings.
In the photo at right, damage can be seen from a leaking roof in the band storage room at the Junior/Senior HIgh School. Because of this particular leak, two keyboards and three African drums in the classroom next door were destroyed. The roofs at both buildings would be replaced in the capital project.

Toilet rooms at elementary school  High school window

In the photos above
, on left, the small toilet rooms in four elementary classrooms will be upgraded and new classroom sinks with bubblers added.
At the high school, windows will get upgrades with new window sashes, jamb liners and clips.

Elementary entrance   High school entrance

In the photos above
, the Elementary School entrance, on the left, and the Junior/Senior High School entrance, on the right, will be configured to increase security.
The Junior/Senior High School library will become the main and guidance offices and the library will move to the second floor. Visitors, parents and community members will be guided directly into the offices.

Nothing is 'cast in stone,' project will be further refined during the design phase

In response to concerns about moving the elementary playground, BOE says it will look into the issue

January 6, 2016

With the vote on the proposed $15.5 million capital project one week away, the 22 people attending a public hearing on the project Tuesday night walked away with one message – nothing is cast in stone.

One parent and elementary teacher presented a petition with 52 signatures, gathered over the weekend and Monday, opposing the plan to move the elementary school playground.

The capital project proposes to move the playground to an adjacent field to make way for additional parking spaces at the school. The playground also contains memorials to three former students – Darren and Todd Rudolph and Karl Edwards - who died in the early 1990s and whose families asked for donations to help build the playground. Those memorials would be moved and re-dedicated once the new playground is built.

Community voting will be held from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12 in the high school gymnasium lobby.  Read more here




Community to consider $15.5 million capital project during voting on January 12

December 22, 2015

Whether it's making the schools more healthy and safer, replacing furnaces or deteriorating roofs or upgrading classrooms and athletic fields, there is likely to be something that interests every parent and student in the proposed $15.5 million "Building the Future, Restoring the Past" capital project that goes before the community on Jan. 12.

The Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5 in the upper high school library on the comprehensive capital project. Community voting will be held from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12 in the high school gymnasium lobby.

Here's an overview of the project, which took more than a year to develop (PDF).

This newsletter about the project has been mailed to the community (PDF).

For a short video to learn more about the Capital Improvements Project desires of the students and staff of MCS click here

Here are a couple of past articles about the project:

November 17, 2015

Board of Education approves capital project; proposal to be considered by the community on Tuesday, January 12. This link features photos from both school buildings.

October 27, 2015

Mayfield community members weigh in on the proposed capital project; vote set for January 12

Upgrading learning spaces

The proposal includes several initiatives to improve the instructional and learning spaces in the district:

•  High School Library: Relocate upstairs and create a new Learning Media Commons.

•  High School Art Room: Renovate art room with new cabinetry, ceilings and flooring.

•  High School Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) classroom: Relocate with new cabinetry, technology and
expanded capacity.

•  District Committee on Special Education (CSE): Relocate to the current main office with new cabinetry, technology and accessibility.

•  The athletic fields would get upgraded playing surfaces, drainage and lighting and a new concession stand, restroom and handicap parking would be added

•  Technology: Enhance technology in all classrooms and common spaces.

Tax impact

Based on a $100,000 home assessment, the $15.5 million project would increase tax bills by $86 per year or $7.17 per month without the state's School TAx Reduction (STAR). If you have BASIC STAR, tax will would increase by $60 per year or $5 per month. If you have Senior STAR, the impact would be $30 per year or $2.50 per month.

The project would be paid off over 16 years. Most of the proposals are eligible for state building aid reimbursement. That can also be seen on this overview of the project (PDF).

The school district would also use $583,250 of its Smart Schools Bond Act allotment from the state to make improvements for items such as replacing the public address and security systems and installing a pass key entry system at both schools. Smart Schools funding is a state grant and is not repaid.

Project Specifics

Among the largest items at the high school/junior high school, which opened in 1939 ($8.045 million):

•  $1.527 million to replace the roof with a 15-year warranty. A 30-year warranty would cost an additional $320,000.

•  $2.13 million to upgrade the athletic fields with improved drainage, lighting, backstops, netting and dugouts and expanded modified softball dugouts along with a parking lot at a new concession stand and restrooms.

•  $685,000 to provide a secure vestibule upon entering the building and to move the main and guidance offices to the current library. This would also include moving the library media commons to the second floor.

•  $415,000 to replace the oil boilers with more efficient models and to replace the heating and ventilation software controls for the building.

•  $400,000 to replace four skylights, repair the roof and flashing in multiple locations and the gymnasium roofing.

•  $350,000 for upgraded auditorium lighting, video and audio systems.

•  $345,000 to upgrade corridor and classroom lighting with more efficient, longer-lasting LED lighting fixtures. The proposal would also ensure that all light sensors are in working order or they will be replaced.

•  $345,000 to renovate the existing H128 art room and former industrial arts rooms to include new cabinetry, ceilings and flooring and add a receiving area to the east end of the building.


Among the largest items at the elementary school, which opened in 1959 ($6.706 million):

• $1.615 million to replace the roof with a 15-year warranty. A 30-year warranty would cost an additional $290,000.

• $775,000 to improve drainage on the soccer, softball land baseball fields and reseed the fields adjacent to rear of the school.

•  $410,000 to move the playground including the new equipment and provide additional equipment. This will create 60 additional parking spaces with lighting at the current playground site.

•  $522,000 to renovate small toilet rooms in four classrooms and add new classroom sinks with bubblers.

•  $350,000 to replace the two oil boilers and upgrade heating software controls.

•  $290,000 to replace unit ventilator cabinets and grilles in original building due to rust and corrosion.

•  $270,000 to replace the original crawl space sanitary piping due to heavy corrosion and cracking.

•  $260,000 to upgrade lighting to cost-saving, long-lasting LED fixtures and provide new occupancy sensors.

•  $250,000 to replace acoustical ceiling tiles while show signs of water damage and sagging.

•  $250,000 to replace original building interior door and hardware to make compliant with handicapped access laws.


The proposal would also spend:

 $109,000 at the bus maintenance facility for items such as adding a foundation for the heating oil tank, upgrading the fuel oil inventory management software, upgrading the lighting and sidewalk and replacing corroded piping in bus wash area.

•  $40,000 at the bus storage building to replace old circuit breaker panels, replace lighting fixtures and provide fire dampers.