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Ti school proposes building project

TICONDEROGA Ticonderoga Central School voters will decide the fate of a proposed a $23.8 million building and renovation project when they go to the polls Sept. 25.

The proposal calls for an addition at the high school, creation of new classroom space, moving administrative offices, improved parking and renovation of current facilities.

This has been a year-long process, said John McDonald, school superintendent. Our purpose as a committee was to take a look at our facilities, our programs and our needs in light of code, safety, security and curriculum and design a building project thats not just brick and mortar, but something that meets community needs.

The $23,872,700 project is eligible for 60 percent state aid, which would leave local taxpayers responsible for $13,660,309. McDonald said that equates to $75 a year for a resident homeowner with a full valuation of $100,000 starting in 2010 for 20 years.

Thats the worst-case scenario, McDonald said. Weve applied for several grants and are looking for other funding sources that could reduce that amount.

Voting will be noon to 8 p.m. in the Ti High lobby and at the Hague Community Center.

We feel we have a very good school, but we have to prepare our students for the 21st Century, McDonald said.

The high school, which was built in 1929 and had an addition in 1958, and the middle-elementary school, built in 1967, dont meet all the needs of students, he said.

The district committee studying facilities actually submitted eight options, the most expensive $37 million, to the school board for consideration.

The committee left no stone unturned, McDonald said. We thought about everything our students need and what our community can afford. My hats off to the committee.

The high school proposal calls for:

construction of a three-floor addition on the Amherst Avenue side of the high school to house technology, music and art instruction;

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