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ELCS building votes pass easily

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District was unable to win on the court March 5, but was able to score a pair of wins at the polls.

The district received the overwhelming go-ahead from voters to proceed with a pair of Capital projects to help repair and renovate the school building, with the first proposition passing by a total of 142 in favor and 16 against, while proposition two past with 111 votes in favor and 39 votes in opposition.

“These are wonderful results,” ELCS Superintendent Scott Osborne said. “Our community is in support of keeping the school building in good shape now and for years to come. The message from our community members was clear tonight that we wish to maintain an environment that’s updated, clean, and safe for our students.”

Osborne said that the school will now work with its architect and the Department of Education to get the ball rolling on what they hope will be a summer start for construction.

“Ideally, we would like to begin the work on or about July 1,” Osborne said. “We certainly plan to take advantage of the summer months to complete the majority of the work, while we have a minimum number of students in the facility.”

Proposition 1, which totals $341,293, will include replacement and/or renovation of roofs, refurbishing bathrooms in elementary classrooms, replacement of a sewage ejector pump, replacement of classroom hot water heaters, replacement of pumps and valves in the hot water heating system and technology infrastructure upgrades and improvements, all of which would be 100 percent funded through state EXCEL funding along with additional state aid.

Proposition 2 requires local taxpayer funding for 33 percent of the proposition’s work, which would translate to an additional 4 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for 16 years. The project includes asbestos removal along with the removal of carpeting, tile flooring and tile mastic and the replacement of the flooring with new tile. If approved, the project would cost 4 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value to taxpayers over the next 16 years.

More information can be found at the school website, elcsd.org.

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