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Westport voting to decide building improvements and 2012-2013 budget

A proposition in the Westport Central School District to install a generator and make improvements to the school library passed, 171-157, during voting May 15.

A proposition in the Westport Central School District to install a generator and make improvements to the school library passed, 171-157, during voting May 15.

— On May 15, Westport voters will decide on a 2.85 percent tax levy increase to the 2012-13 school budget, an EXCELL Project and vote for a school board candidate.

Current school board member Dwayne Stevens is running uncontested to serve another five-year term on the school board. Stevens said he is working on the school board to ensure the kids have an advocate in their education.

Stevens said he is proud of the Westport Central School and even though WCSD is a small school, he has seen his children receive every opportunity.

“My proudest moment on this board was being able to hand my son his diploma at graduation,” Stevens said. “Our school has an 85 percent rate of students going on to graduate college, not many districts can say that.”

Stevens is a corrections officer at Moriah Shock and will retire in three years, he said he can promise the community three years, though he said he has never been a quitter.

“I’ve never been a quitter so I can’t say I’ll leave early, but I can promise three years,” Stevens said. “I’ve always been here to give the kids a voice and to be an advocate here and I hope to continue to serve on the board.”

EXCELL PROJECT

Voters will also vote on the EXCELL project. The project will include tearing out the sunroom in the library and building a newer sunroom with a solid roof to enclose the library. The project also includes the purchase of a new 150-kilowatt generator for the building. The total project cost is estimated to be $450,000.

Superintendent John Gallagher said the generator will benefit the students in case of a power outage, allowing the students to remain in school instead of sitting in school busses waiting for all parents to be contacted so students can go home. It will also maintain the temperature of the building, ensuring food would not go to waste and secure computer data wouldn’t be lost in an outage.

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