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Liverpool voters approve Phase II construction referendum

— Voters approved a Liverpool Central School District capital project referendum held March 20 by a margin of 959 to 641.

The $39.7 million construction project represents Phase II of the Phase I to V Long Range Facilities Plan laid out for the 2010-20 decade. The project will take on several repairs throughout the district.

First of all, the roof at Liverpool High School needs to be replaced in its entirety.

“You can see the holes… when you get right up next to them [they’re] actually really large and damaging,” said David Tauro, a member of the district’s Facility Advisory Committee. Potter said more than 1,100 holes had been counted in the school’s roof so far.

In addition, the Chestnut Hill complex is in need of significant renovations, neither building ever having seen a massive overhaul in their 50-year lives. The science rooms at Chestnut Hill Middle School don’t meet state standards for size and safety and must be upgraded. Both buildings also have roof leaks, wiring issues, poor ventilation, mildew, cold zones and multiple other issues that must be addressed for the safety and comfort of the students.

There are also a number of safety issues that need to be addressed. Under the proposal, districtwide, intruder lockset hardware, fire alarm systems and control panel hardware would be replaced, and paging, public address and two-way communications systems would be modernized.

The breakdown of the cost is as follows:

Liverpool High School roof repairs: $6.6 million

Chestnut Hill Elementary substantial building renovation: $12.1 million

Improve classrooms, kitchen, library and gymnasium

Replace roofing, flooring, ceilings and lockers

Install ADA accessible toilets and hardware

Improve HVAC System

Upgrade plumbing and electrical

Chestnut Hill Middle substantial building renovation: $16.6 million

Improve classrooms, kitchen, library and gymnasium

Replace roofing, flooring, ceilings and lockers

Install ADA accessible toilets and hardware

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