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Historical look at necessary renovations for Skaneateles schools

Long-time Skaneateles Board of Education member Michael Card.

Long-time Skaneateles Board of Education member Michael Card.

Card, with his hindsight, has no doubt that a majority of the items in the proposed project are essential to the maintenance of the district.

He echoes longtime former board member Carl Gerst, who said he hopes voters will support this much-needed plan.

“The $29,900,000 Project 2000 was scaled back significantly,” said Gerst. “In retrospect we probably should have made that project bigger. Many of the items in the current project were dropped from that previous project, such as the boiler and circulating water replacement, window replacement with integral blinds, and masonry restoration,” Gerst said.

“The bond is really about deferred maintenance, safety and efficiency, and some programming,” Board President Evan Dreyfuss explains in an on-line video at www.skanschools.org.

Why is it needed? The high school infrastructure is 60 years old, and the middle school’s infrastructure is 50 years old. “We are really trying to prepare the middle school and high school for the next 30 years,” said Dreyfuss.

Voting is from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 at Waterman Elementary School. For many more details about the project, go to skanschools.org. The website includes several videos, a power point and other detailed information about the contents of the bond referendum and its impact on residents.

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