M-E school district asked to approve renovation plan

Published 08/29 2014 04:00PM

Updated 09/02 2014 08:44AM

Endwell (WIVT) - Maine-Endwell school district residents are being asked to approve a $16.8 million plan to renovate the district's two elementary schools.

The proposed capital project would target infrastructure at Homer Brink and Maine Memorial.

State aid would cover 81 percent of the cost with the district's share, roughly 3 million, which would be bonded for over 15 years.

The project would rehab the roofs, floors, lighting, plumbing and other electrical fixtures, most of which are original to when the schools were built in 1958 and 1960.

Other issues include asbestos abatement, kitchen upgrades, better cabinetry and increased security.

If approved, it would complete a district-wide renovation that began at the middle and high schools with a nearly $60 million project back in 2007.

"By doing this and really retrofitting and renovating our last 2 buildings, we're putting ourselves in a position to really be proactive in how we approach maintenance in our facilities. And not need to come back to the community with such a large capital project as we did in 2007." said superintendent Jason Van Fossen.

District residents will vote on the proposed plan on Tuesday September 16 from noon to 9 p.m. at their traditional school budget polling places.

Before then, there will be a public hearing, building tours and an online chat.

For a schedule and more info, go to www.me.stier.org.

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