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Jamesville-DeWitt school district facilities project up for vote Oct. 19

The Jamesville-DeWitt School District is proposing an estimated $11.5 million facilities maintenance project that residents can vote on next week.

The project involves site work and roof replacement for the majority of the schools as well as the bus garage. The district also proposes that the high school stadium bleachers be replaced and safety fencing be added to two athletic fields: the upper Lyndon Field and the J-DMS lacrosse field.

The roofing portion is projected to cost around $9 million while site work would be about $2.5 million. To fund the project, the district would use $500,000 from its Capital Reserve Fund while the remainder would be paid through building aid and bonding. The current tax rate would not increase, said Superintendent Alice Kendrick, because the district's current debt is being retired; overall debt payments would remain level well into the future.

"Our goal is to keep overall debt payments flat," she said.

The public ballot will display two propositions, one to authorize the district to spend up to $11.5 million on the project; the other is to allow the district to replenish the Capital Reserve Fund over time.

If voter-approved, the district must then submit detailed plans to the New York State Education Department for its approval before it can go out to bid. Kendrick said if actions prove to be in favor of the project, the district hopes to hear back from Albany in enough time to begin work next summer.

Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 19 in the J-D High School gymnasium.

Jamesville-DeWitt's plan of action:

Paving/site needs

J-DHS: entrance drive, walkway and student parking lot

J-DMS: entrance drive, far loop, reseal tennis courts

Jamesville Elementary: bus loop, parking lot

Moses DeWitt: front entryway, parking lot, south side walkway, reseal tennis courts

Bus garage: Bus driveway, storage and parking areas

All site work for Tecumseh Elementary was refurbished through a previously-approved project.

Roofing

Most of the roofing at the high school and middle school, Jamesville and Tecumseh elementary schools need replacing. The entire roof needs to be replaced at Mose DeWitt Elementary as well as the bus garage.

Safety work

J-DHS: Replace stadium bleachers

Add safety fencing to both the upper Lyndon Field and the J-DMS lacrosse field.

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