AuSable Valley School District EXCELL project under way

CLINTONVILLE - It's a project that involves three buildings with the goal of maintaining both the facilities and the education for students in the AuSable Valley Central School District.

The project, which is being funded through state aid and EXCELL funds, started this past summer and is anticipated to run through Sept. 1, 2012. It was approved by voters in 2007 and will not affect the school budget tax levy.

"This was funded by money that was kept by the state for schools that were in need of renovations and improvements but may not have had the money to fund them otherwise," AVCS superintendent Paul Savage said. "It's an exciting project that will take the school district into the next 30 years and beyond."

"Our state aid ratio is 98 percent with this project, and the other 2 percent is covered by the EXCELL portion of the funding," district business officer Scott Brow said.

Savage and Brow said that they were pleased that the voters approved the project in 2007 and that the community has been patient with the school as the work has commenced.

"We really want to thank the community for their patience along with the students and staff at the school," Savage said.

The project comes with a price tag of $29,850,000 and includes renovations and additions at all three district school buildings.

A common piece of all three buildings will be the addition of new wood chip boiler plants at each site.

"Looking at our projections, we will be able to save between $100,000 and $120,000 with the boiler in terms of our heating costs," Savage said. "That is a considerable amount of savings, and we wanted to make sure that anything we put into this project had the chance to provide the taxpayers in the district with a savings."

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