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Communities to Vote on Local Schools' Capital Projects

Voters in four area school districts will head to the polls tomorrow to decide whether to approve proposed capital projects.
Voters in four area school districts will head to the polls tomorrow to decide whether to approve proposed capital projects.

The largest capital project is in Johnson City. The district is looking to renovate the 43-year-old science wing at the high school. It also plans to upgrade the bus garage by adding lifts and a canopy over the fueling station.

Finally, J.C. wants to build a new football field that would have artificial turf near the high school. Since the record 2011 flood, J.C. has been playing its home games at Binghamton's field. The cost of JC's capital project is $17.8 million. FEMA and state aid will cover most of the cost. The district will bond for the rest, although since a current loan is about to come off the books, there wouldn't be any new impact on the tax levy.

Windsor's proposed project is $16 million. Upgrades would include to the high school and middle school's decades old science labs, to kitchens and allow for electrical, plumbing and other consolidation work to be done. State building aid and a portion of capital reserve funds would cover most of the cost. The impact to the tax levy would be about an additional $5.60 per year for a home worth $100,000.

Jason Andrews is Windsor's superintendent.

"The board takes the responsibility as stewards of the communities facilities very seriously and have worked to maintain and improve the facilities to be sure that our students our college and career ready in a way that is also responsible to the taxpayer," said Andrews.

Voters in the Windsor School District will also vote on a proposal to replace three large buses and another vehicle.

In Union-Endicott, $7 million of upgrades are proposed. They include enhancements to the clocks and phone systems, new doors, security systems and kitchen equipment in most of its schools. Some paving work would be done. The high school gym would also get a new score board and sound system. State aid and $700,000 from the district's reserve fund would cover most of the price tag. Starting in the 2016-17 school year, taxes would go up $8 per house with a value of a $100,000.

And, in Susquehanna Valley, voters are being asked to approve a $3.2 million spending plan. It would include replacing part of the high school roof and upgrades to auditorium lighting. Electrical work at the middle school needs to be done. Roof and asbestos abatement work needs to be done at Brookside Elementary. State building aid and reserve funds would cover the cost.

Polls in Johnson City are open from noon until 8 p.m. Tuesday. In Windsor, from 10 until 8. U-E, from noon until 9. And, in S-V from noon until nine. If you don't know your polling station, you can find out information on the districts' websites.
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