Addison Central School District is preparing for a major vote Thursday that could give it the green light to begin a nearly $23 million dollar capital improvement project.
It’s phase three for the district, and if the vote results in a go-ahead, there will be no additional tax impact to individuals or businesses.
“We’re in a position where our State Aid ratio that we get the State Building Aid is very high,” Superintendent of Schools Joseph DioGuardi said. “It’s about 94 percent on all eligible work for the project. All of this work is not eligible for Building Aid – about 74 percent is. Essentially, the rest of it is covered locally through our reserve plan.”
The remaining 26 percent is coming from the Capital Reserve and Debt Service Fund.
One project that phase three hopes to start working on is the high school’s pool. It will completely demolish the existing one. The current pool is neither deep nor wide enough for sectional or qualifying meets, and it will expand its six lanes to eight.
The high school’s auditorium, with poor lighting, seating, and acoustics that need updating, is another major renovation needed. It wasn’t touched in the first or second phases.
A majority of the changes will take place in the elementary school which include a new cafeteria, tiles, ceilings, and converting the library into a STEM space.
The superintendent says this will be the last big improvement needed. Everything going forward will be more maintenance type work.
“This is the final phase of the major work in the district and a culmination of a lot of work and time and effort to bring us to this point 15 years later,” DioGuardi said.
If you are a resident of the school district, you can vote at the high school’s library from noon until 8 P.M. on Thursday.