Voters asked to OK Newcomb Central improvements

Newcomb Central School

Newcomb Central School Photo by John Grybos.

— Major renovations to Newcomb Central School District’s main building will be put to a vote Tuesday, Aug. 21.

The district will ask 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.

“I figured it would be prudent to put everything together in one project,” Hults said.

If the project is approved by the community, work will begin next summer and be completed the following summer.

There will be two meetings at the school for community review of the project — July 31 and Aug. 14, both at 7 p.m. Voting will take place Aug. 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

“Everything here concerns the health and safety of our kids,” Hults said. “The community has always gotten behind us before, so we’re hoping they get behind us again.”

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