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Voters approve Moriah school project

PORT HENRY - Moriah Central School voters have approved a $9.9 million building project that will cost local taxpayers nothing.

The proposition passed, 405-150, in voting March 3.

"We are extremely happy that the voters came out in support of this project," Superintendent Bill Larrow said. "We would like to thank all the members of the building project committee for volunteering their time and efforts on this project."

The state is willing to pay the entire cost of a proposed $9.9 million building project.

While there is no cost to local taxpayers, the project still had to be approved by district voters.

Larrow said the project will address issues such as a new roof and the replacement of existing heating boilers - maintenance items that would have been completed in the near future at taxpayer expense if this proposal was refused.

The project will include $3.5 million for roof replacement, $1.18 million for boiler replacement and heating system upgrades, $1.2 million for pool renovations, $605,000 for window replacement and repair, $564,000 for a cogeneration study and connections to utility grid, $456,000 for technology infrastructure upgrades and $783,000 for ventilation improvements.

The project is technically an extension of a 2006 project that is nearing completion at the school, Larrow said. That $7.5 million project was also at no cost to local taxpayers. Like the new project, those costs were covered by 96 percent state aid with the remainder coming from the state's EXCEL program, a one-time funding offer.

The 2006 project renovated the high school office, created a high school media center, added a fitness wing, expanded the elementary school gym, replaced lockers, added security cameras and more.

A school building committee had been working on the new proposed since last September. That committee included Shelly Winters, Tom Langey, Jim Jaquish, Jamie Wilson, Kelly Valentine, Dwayne Maye, Pete Gilbo, Mike Speshock, Bernard Beebe, Aaron Brassard, Anne Marie Adamowicz, April Reeder, Bill Boucher, Bob McFerran, Brian Cross, Calvin Nephew, Charles Reeder, Chip Perry, Charles French, Cindy Grinnell, Dayton Dedrick, Debbie Mandy, Diane Lashway, Erica Kazlo, George Pilger, Jason Sprague, Jody Olcott, John Boyea, Shirley Tedford, Todd Malbon, Tom Anderson, Tom Finnessey, Erin Gilbo, Tim Breeyear and Larrow.

Moriah Central School has 782 students. Unlike many neighboring districts, its student population is increasing, Larrow said.

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