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N. Warren voters to decide on $2.7M in repairs

The North Warren Central School building will undergo some extensive repairs if a public vote on Dec. 15 on whether to approve the financing of the upgrades is successful.

The North Warren Central School building will undergo some extensive repairs if a public vote on Dec. 15 on whether to approve the financing of the upgrades is successful. Photo by Thom Randall.

North Warren School District officials are seeking public approval for financing $2.7 million in repairs and improvements to the district’s buildings — primarily the North Warren K-12 school and the bus garage.

A public vote will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 in the school atrium to approve or reject the transfer of $2,734,960 from unexpended fund balance to a Repair Reserve Account to bankroll planned construction work and repairs. The upgrades include roof repair, boiler replacement, and access upgrades for the school, and electrical updates for both the school and the district bus garage.

Plans also call for the completion of an athletic field at the school, which was constructed in 1999. The field needs to have a suitable surface developed for use in sports, school officials said.

The construction work, endorsed by the North Warren school board after they reviewed a lengthy capital facilities study, also includes the reconstruction of oil and water tanks in the bus garage, and purchase of a generator for the building.

The work should begin this spring, according to North Warren Superintendent of Schools Joseph Murphy.

“Our main purpose is to preserve the security, integrity and safety of the school district’s buildings and grounds,” he said. “We’ve got a very nice building, and we want to maintain it before it deteriorates further and is far more expensive to repair.”

He said it’s the aim of the administration and school board to minimize impact on future tax levies.

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