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School board to ask voter approval for $7.4 million capital project

— The project is expected to cost $7,368,000, Furlong said, although he feels confident the state will give the district its full allowable building aid for the project, which would be 75 percent of the total cost.

“If we don’t do these things now, it will be more expensive later,” he said.

The anticipated timeline for the project, if the public bonding referendum is approved this December, would be for the state education department approvals to be applied for and received and architectural plans created and approved by the end of 2014, go out for construction bidding in early 2015 and have the actual construction occur during the summers of 2015 and 2016.

“All the things in here are need, not wants … there’s no cream here,” said board member Karin Marris. The rest of the board agreed, and voted unanimously to move forward with the project.

The district will now begin a public education campaign through local media, the district website and newsletter and public meetings to inform district residents of the issues and details of the project, Furlong said.

By law, the district must hold a public hearing on the proposed capital project and bonding, similar to its annual budget hearings, which will probably occur Dec. 2, said district Superintendent Bob Dubik.

For more information on the planned capital building project, visit the school district website at caz.cnyric.org and scroll down to the post titled, “Board of Education moves forward with building project.”

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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