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Skaneateles CSD puts $22.7 million project to vote

Public will vote on two referendums on June 11

A concept drawing of what the proposed new middle school gym would look like. The building would feature a bigger court, more room for seating, new public bathrooms and new entrances from the outside that would also be handicap accessible. The building is projected to cost $5.48 million of the proposed $22.7 million capital improvements project.

A concept drawing of what the proposed new middle school gym would look like. The building would feature a bigger court, more room for seating, new public bathrooms and new entrances from the outside that would also be handicap accessible. The building is projected to cost $5.48 million of the proposed $22.7 million capital improvements project.

The Skaneateles Central School District will put two referendums up for public approval on Tuesday, June 11.

One item will be the public’s approval for the district to begin work and bond for a $22.7 capital improvements project. The project includes items intended to preserve and maintain the high school and middle school building. These include safety and security upgrades, asbestos abatement and roof replacements.

The second referendum will be for $77,810 for new computer equipment. The district says it needs to buy this equipment to be able to meet requirements for standardized testing for grades three through eight, which will be done on computers starting with the 2014-15 school year.

The vote will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the auditorium at Waterman Elementary school.

The capital project also includes money for a new middle school gymnasium, estimated to cost $5.48 million. The current gymnasium has been settling into the ground causing cracked floors and walls in the locker rooms. The board chose to tear down the structure and build a new one that will be larger, rather than try and repair the current structure or build a new equivalent sized gym.

The new building will be 4,592 square-feet and will have room for a 94-foot basketball court, bleachers that will hold up to 300 people and new public bathrooms as well as a new design for the locker rooms.

The board of education voted on what would be included in the proposal at its April 9 meeting after hearing feedback from the public, who supported the projects.

The board discussed what the project would include and its potential impact on the school budget and taxes at a public information session at the district office on May 28.

Board of Education President Evan Dreyfuss said that while the project will be expensive, the board is planning for the future of the district, including the possibility of the State Street or Waterman schools being closed.

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