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March 30, 2010

NACS capital improvement project gets voter OK

ELLENBURG DEPOT — Voters here approved a $27.9 million capital improvement project for Northern Adirondack Central School, 707 to 230.

The project is funded by New York state building aid and EXCEL money, school officials said.

District residents also voted 482 to 421 in favor of Proposition 2, which includes a new middle-school gymnasium, outdoor rest-room facilities and a concession stand. That project totals $1.9 million and would have a minimal tax impact, officials said.

Northern Adirondack Central School Superintendent Laura Marlow was pleased the project will move forward.

"It is very exciting that both propositions passed, and the Board of Education and the district administration would like to thank district residents for their support," she said Monday night.

"This is a 'yes' vote for the educational future of our district. Our future generations will benefit not only from the necessary infrastructure work that will take place, but this project will also address the technology, security, health and safety issues that will move our district to a 21st-century learning environment."

In addition, Marlow said, the middle-school gymnasium will tremendously benefit the school and the community.

"We look forward with great enthusiasm to the next stage of the capital improvement project."

Proposition 1 includes the addition of classrooms, technology upgrades, roof replacement, energy-efficiency upgrades and renovations to the library, auditorium, pool, locker rooms, classrooms and cafeteria.

Site improvements in Proposition 1 will upgrade field drainage, replace playground equipment and repair damaged sidewalks and fencing.

Proposition 1 was scaled back from its original $35.9 million scope, bringing it down more than $7.9 million by cutting site work, which had included a front drop-off loop, soccer/football field, track, 200-person bleachers and a middle-school gymnasium — items that taxpayers scrutinized before voting down the original proposal in mid-December, 453 to 339.

Some residents seemed pleased about the project cut when they came out to vote Monday.

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