UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The vote to build a new career and technical education wing at Thomas R. Proctor High School has passed. We spoke with Utica City School District Superintendent Bruce Karam about what’s next for this new project.

“The vote last night was overwhelmingly in support and we’re very grateful for that, very grateful to our voters,” said Karam.

Karam says that the next step in this project is to finalize paperwork with the New York State Education Department. From there, the project manager, Terry Damon, will start the construction process and timeline. The project is set to be finished in September 2024, and Karam says that they are working to make sure there is minimal disruption to students or residents in the area.

“We’ve talked to our construction manager, he’s going to take into consideration everything he can so when he plans the construction schedule, he’ll take in any concerns or issues that come along,” said Karam.

This new wing will be funded by building aid and American Rescue Plan Funding, and the money that was used to send students to the BOCES will cover operating costs. In addition to construction, the district will need to hire more teachers to accommodate the program.

“13 more teachers and the cost of covering that will come from not having to pay the BOCES charges,” said Karam.

Superintendent Karam says that looking to the future he is hopeful that this new project will cause a growth in enrollment and a higher graduation rate.