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School project won't cost taxpayers

At the February school board meeting, the board voted to use money left over from earlier elementary school projects in a capital fund to help pay for the latest proposal. We discovered that we are able to use the excess capital funds for this project, said Warrensburg School Superintendent Tim Lawson. And another benefit is, by paying up front, were saving about $65,000 in interest. The cost of the project is about $1 higher than past proposals, but funding is available from the state through building aid and a one-time source called EXCEL Aid. The price tag of the proposal is about $2.5 million, and Lawson said with building aid and about $580,000 of EXCEL Aid, the remaining amount will be covered by $125,000 from the excess capital fund. This means there will be zero impact on the tax rate, Lawson said. Voters will once again be asked to approve a project at the Warrensburg Elementary School next month. Safety has been an issue at the front of the school for years, and the plan that voters will see includes a new front circle to provide a safer drop off area and a new parking area to the left of the circle for visitors. Buses will continue to come to the back of the building under the new plan. Access ramps and handicapped access doors will be added to the front entrance, Lawson said, and sidewalks would be widened. The proposal also contains an elevator to comply with handicapped access laws and smoke doors throughout the school. Removal of asbestos that was not done by a past contractor is also included in the proposal and a new generator to provide full power in the event of a power outage is also included. Lawson said the school is a designated Red Cross shelter, but doesnt currently have backup up power. A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the elementary gymnasium and the vote will be on March 6 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the same location.

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