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Two propositions face Baldwinsville school district voters next Tuesday -- a $30-million project for school buildings' construction and repairs, and a $7.5-million proposition for improvements to the athletic fields.

"This is the beginning of the long range capital plan put together a few years ago," said Mike Shusda, assistant superintendent for management services. "A lot is preventative and a lot is expansion."

Shusda said the district has about $100 million worth of buildings and grounds property and spends about $5 million to $6 million per year in maintenance, upgrades and improvements.

"Are we going to maintain them now, or let the properties deteriorate and play catch up," he said.

Proposition one includes security improvements to every school (except Durgee), reinforcing wood beam structures at Elden and Van Buren elementary schools (the only two buildings without steel beams) and other upgrades.

Shusda said $24 million of proposition one is for improvements and expansion projects at Baker and Durgee.

"We are overcrowded, particularly in support areas," he said.

But some argue there are alternate solutions to expansion.

"The band and chorus problem can be easily solved by making these extracurricular activities available after school, just like sports programs," said Baldwinsville resident Sally Fedrizzi in a letter addressed to numerous Baldwinsville residents. "Are there things that should be done to the buildings? Absolutely! Do I think that the planning committee should go back to the drawing board and rethink the propositions and come up with alternate solutions? You bet!"

At $7.5 million, proposition two includes installing additional synthetic turf to the athletic fields, building two additional softball fields and a multipurpose field and new bleachers, field lights, concession stand, locker room facilities and public restroom.

Fedrizzi believes there are other alternatives.

"Soccer could be played at the CNY soccer center, baseball at the Little League fields. Lysander Park even has a lighted football field for alternate play," she said in the letter.

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