Carthage Voters To Decide School Improvements

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Voters in the Carthage Central School District will decide next month on spending $16.9 million to fix up and modernize the district's buildings.

The first - and far bigger - proposition at $13,150,000 would be put toward maintenance, health and safety issues and security at the district's buildings.

For example, the boiler system at the high school is the original, dating from 1956.

"It's always in the back of your mind that any day it could give up," said Jeremy Thesier, the district's director of facilities.

Various buildings need asbestos removed, fire alarm work, roof repairs. And the buildings need modern security, school officials note, including a single entrance for visitors and the replacement of security cameras.

"Is it a health or safety or is it a security issue?" said school superintendent Peter Turner. "Those are the things we want to take care of first."

A second proposition of $3,750,000 would add classrooms at West Carthage Elementary School and upgrade technology across the district. However, the school board has agreed that the second proposition won't pass - regardless of the vote - unless the first one does.

"Proposition one is really the essential things that need to happen in our district just to maintain our infrastructure," said Turner.

The vote is 12 - 9 pm on March 19 at the high school library. School officials estimate the two propositions together will cost the average homeowner $1.33.

 

Sunday, April 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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