March 20, 2013

Salmon River School project voted down


---- — BOMBAY — A $36.6 million expansion project at Salmon River Central School District was rejected by voters Tuesday.

With 593 casting ballots, the tally was 250 for the project to 333 against.

“The board will have to deliberate on what they want to do next for the capital project,” School Superintendent Jane Collins said Tuesday night.

The expansion would be the second part of a two-part $70 million renovation project that would include reconfiguration of the Elementary School, expansion of the bus garage and replacement of its roof, better security systems and energy-efficiency upgrades.

The library and computer-lab upgrades were also part of the proposal, along with new flooring in the High School gym and the addition of a fitness center and indoor track, which the community would be invited to use.

Should the School Board decide to put the project up for public approval again, Collins said, it could be included with the annual budget vote in May.

That’s one scenario that may be discussed, she said.

The first phase of the project created the district’s Middle School, upgraded the art and music departments, and added elementary classrooms and athletic fields.

On Tuesday, voters also filled the unexpired School Board seat vacated by the resignation of Stacy Skidders.

Christopher Nye won the three-way race with 326 votes; Sheila Marshall garnered 171; and Jacque Leduc, 84.

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