School capital project will be discussed

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y — A new version of a previously-defeated capital improvement project will soon be up for a vote again.

The Hoosick Falls Central School District is seeking feedback on a proposed capital improvement project, which the district says will improve safety, make the school more energy-efficient, bring technology up to date and create a better learning environment.

The district Board of Education will hold a work session in the high school library Wednesday at 6 p.m, to allow the board opportunity to discuss the project.

The public is invited to give feedback and input on what should, or should not, be included in the work plan.

At the regular board meeting Thursday, Jan. 17, the board will officially adopt the project that will be up to community vote in March, said Meaghan Keegan, community information officer for the district, in an email.

In October 2017, a $19.7 million capital project proposal was defeated by a vote of 418 in favor and 456 against.

There is not yet a dollar figure for the current project; that will come out of the work session on Wednesday, Keegan said in an email.

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The plan that was previously proposed included renovations to the building and classrooms, including upgrading the lighting, HVAC and plumbing systems, updating the school's 55-year-old bathrooms to make them handicap-accessible, and classroom updates that would put the district on par with national learning standards, according to information posted to the district's website last February.

The school campus on Route 22 was built in 1961.

The proposal came after a five-year building condition survey of the campus and grounds from the state Department of Education.

About 80 percent of the construction cost would have been covered by state building aid.

It was the second capital project to have been rejected by voters in recent years. A $17 million proposal in 2014 was defeated 245 to 216.

The district's previous project approved by voters in 2006 included accessibility and security upgrades and outside work to storm drainage systems, athletic fields and sidewalks.

Patricia LeBoeuf can be reached at pleboeuf@benningtonbanner.com, at @BAN_pleboeuf on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 118.


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