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Canastota board meeting becomes heated

Tuesday evening's board meeting for the Canastota School District became heated as the board and residents faced-off regarding the school building project that would've cost $59.9 million.

When asked by a resident whether the old Sylvan Beach elementary school would be a possible solution, Superintendent Bragan responded saying it wouldn't be possible because the school is in a different district.

Many community members stated that they felt the school needed some renovations,but not renovations that would cost $59.9 million.

School board president Steven Nellis said that currently the focus will be on the budget, but opinions from the residents will be heard when making new plans for the school project. "As with anything else, you don't make a solution before you figure out the problem." "We've got to go back and analyze things."

Nellis went on to say that it is the board's responsibility to present the best possible solution in regards to the needs of the school.

What's next for the building project? Superintendant Bragan said, "After we deal with the budget, we will reassemble the master planning committee,the budget is the main focus at this point."

Over 2,000 community members attended the Feb. 25 vote, the biggest turnout in years, said Bragan.

Also, the Optimist Club donated $750 to the Canastota Wrestling Club, and Andy Pino was appointed as boys varsity assistant track coach.

The next school board meeting will take place Tuesday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m.

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