St. Lawrence Central Voters Asked To Okay $17M For Repairs

St. Lawrence Central Voters Asked To Okay $17M For Repairs

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St. Lawrence Central School officials say there's no one thing wrong with the district's schools. There are 106 things wrong. That includes the floor in the gym. And the one on the stage. And crumbling foundations all over.

So the school district is asking voters to approve $17.7 million in repairs and upgrades.

“The needs are distributed all throughout the campus. There's not one area that we are particularly targeting.” said Robert Stewart, superintendent of St. Lawrence Central Schools.

But it's not just what you can see that needs repairing. In basements beneath the schools, some things have gone from bad to worse.

“As you can see, the rebar in the floor is rusting out. Pieces are falling down with pieces of cement. We've tried to patch these areas with no avail,” said Stewart.

If the project is approved, the elementary school bus loop would be redesigned. The pool deck would get repairs and the athletic field artificial turf. That last item probably provokes the most questions from voters.

School district officials say the project will have no impact on taxes. Mainly, that's because state aid will pay 98 percent of the cost. And the school district will use savings from retiring old debt to pay its portion.

“This will have zero impact on the tax levy,” said Stewart.

It has been 11 years since the school district's last building project. School officials say some things that needed attention back then had to go undone.

Voters get their say on this project on December 12. If approved, work could start in 2019 and take two years to complete.

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