Saranac Central voters approve capital improvement project

— The Capital Improvement Project for Saranac was approved by voters Tuesday Dec. 13.

The Saranac Central School District’s $583,878 Capital Improvement EXCEL Project for district schools was approved by a vote of 293 to 107.

“I’m grateful the community supported the capital improvement project,” Saranac Central School District Superintendent Kenneth Cringle said. “I just want to convey our sincere thanks and appreciation to the voters.”

This will ensure there will be no immediate effect on local tax levy

District voters rejected a $17.5 million capital improvement in February 2010, that would have cost taxpayers about $100,000 annually for 15 years.

The project will focus on energy and safety items by upgrading aging systems to be more energy and cost efficient.

Saranac Central school campuses are proposed to get new energy efficient window and doors, replacement of fire alarm devices and updated system programming. Major project renovations call for a heating-system replacement for the elementary school, water filtration and domestic-pipe replacement at the middle/high school, and roof reconstruction at the bus garage.

Cringle said the project will save the district money in the long run by replacing the systems in an organized way instead of when something fails unexpectedly.

“The district can now focus on addressing some key energy and safety items,” Cringle said.

Cringle said the next step is for the project to be approved by the State Education Board and State Facilities Planning Department before it can begin.

“Then we can begin within six to eight months,” Cringle said.

Now that the project has the support of the community, Cringle said the school district facilities are on their way to a more energy efficient future.

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