Schroon School Board proposes new project

SCHROON LAKE Schroon Lake Central School District voters will be asked to consider a pair of building improvement projects when they go to the polls June 28. The board of education is proposing a $13.4 million project to improve and upgrade the existing school building and a separate $1.3 million conversion of the current combination gym/auditorium into an auditorium. The second proposition is contingent upon the first proposition passing. Voting will be noon to 8 p.m. at the school. Public information sessions on the proposed projects will be held June 4 at 7 p.m. and June 18 at noon and 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The first proposition totals $13,398,159. It calls for repairs to the schools exterior, replacement of single-pane windows and doors installed in the 1960s, installation of a state-mandated storm water basin, installation of mandated fire doors, installation of safety systems, asbestos and lead containment, installation of a state-mandated elevator for handicap accessibility, electrical upgrades, an energy efficiency system, replacement of boilers and internet accessibility. The proposition also calls for construction of five new classrooms for pre-kindergarten, elementary science, special education, speech and occupational and physical therapy as well as a gymnasium and locker rooms. Current classrooms would be refurbished. The second proposition totals $1,329,742 and can only be adopted if the first proposition passes. It calls for the current combination gym/auditorium to be converted into an auditorium with additional permanent seating, improved lighting, improved sound system and new stage rigging and curtains. The projects are eligible for 24.5 percent state aid. That aid will no longer be available after June 30. In a prepared statement, the board of education said, As we build together, our students will sense the communitys support and focus to provide a setting suitable for their growth, profitable for their education. We will build on a strong foundation. Schroon Lake school was constructed in 1935. There was an addition built in 1962 and in 1965 temporary classrooms were placed at the rear of the school those classrooms are still in use. If past history is any indication, the proposed building projects may face difficulty. Schroon voters rejected a proposed $3.1 million project in 1989; rejected a $1 million boiler replacement project in 1990; had a 1992 building proposal die before going to vote; and rejected an $18.2 million project in 2005. In preparing the latest building proposals, the school board has conducted a community phone survey, had five community meetings seeking public comment and met with the town boards of Schroon and North Hudson to gather input. To be eligible to vote June 28 a person must be a resident of the Schroon Lake Central School District for at least 30 days, must not have voted in another school district, be an American citizen and be at least 18 years old.

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