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Community gets a glimpse of J-E capital project plans

The Capital Project at Jordan-Elbridge School District was presented to the public last week during the Board of Education meeting Wednesday, April 23.

An audience of less than 20 community members attended the meeting.

Bill Hamilton, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance, reviewed the plans for each of the four district buildings, as well as for the athletic fields and storm water retention basin.

The entire capital project is currently packaged into three different proposals, each of which prioritizes renovations able to be funded with state aid over unaidable projects.

The major unaided renovation included in the plans is an all-weather athletic field.

The all-weather field would cost $3 million, and would allow for around 3,000 hours of use throughout the year, versus 600 to 800 useable hours available on a natural grass field, such as the district currently has.

Rich Wagner, of Elbridge, attended the meeting to learn about the proposed 2008-09 school budget, but the board went into executive session and did not present the budget to the public.

Wagner said after seeing the project presentation he did feel better about it, and that it is a worthy project the community needs to consider.

I think the important thing is the board needs to educate the community, Wagner said. People need to know how it will affect them personally.

Wagner, who has three children in the district ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade, said this was the first time he had the opportunity to see details of the capital project.

Connie Drake, a Town of Camillus resident, has a fourth-grade child in the J-E district.

Drake suggested the board better utilize the school website to communicate with the public.

I have a vested interest with my children, I have another twenty years in the district, said Drake.

This is why, Drake said, she feels compelled to educate herself on the issues, including the capital project and annual administrative budgets.

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