Newcomb Central School
Photo by John Grybos.
Newcomb Voters in the Newcomb Central School District approved almost $2 million in major renovations to the main building during a special referendum Tuesday, Aug. 21, according to school officials.
The vote was 63 yes and 32 no.
The district asked voters to approve the spending of no more than $1.989 million for the capital project.
Every five years, the school district is required to have an outside engineering firm inspect its property. After this year’s inspection, Superintendent Clark Hults decided it was time to act.
Of immediate concern is the building’s sewer lines, which have been in place since the school was constructed in 1948.
Ventilation also needs to be put into classrooms and the auditorium.
There are other repairs that aren’t as pressing but will need to be dealt with eventually.
The school is required to replace both paving and its oil tank within the next five years.
The bathrooms need to be modernized and made handicap accessible.
Work is expected to begin next summer and be completed the following summer.