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BH-BL voters OK land buy and improvements

A second proposition authorized by voters will allow the school district to quickly use $4.9 million in New York State funds available by the legislature under a program called Expanding Children's' Education and Learning (EXCEL). The funding source does not require the district to raise matching funds from taxpayers.

The EXCEL proposal was approved by 86 percent of voters, or 789 votes for and 123 votes against the project.

EXCEL funds came with many exclusions. The district is not allowed to use the money for site work, athletic field upgrades and transportation facility improvements. Instead, the grant will be used on 12 high priority fix-ups at schools throughout the district. To determine which projects were the most pressing, district officials looked at which ones would provide energy savings, which systems were out-of-date and requiring costly annual repairs, and the fact that Stevens Elementary School did not receive renovations in the $16 million plan approved by voters in 2003.

Projects to be included are:

Stevens Elementary School:

Repair Stevens' rear roof copying covers and cornice $ 45,000

Repair Stevens' front roof coping covers, cornice and parapet $157,500

Upgrade Stevens' electrical capacity $ 264,000

Replace Stevens' original corroded piping $116,000

Replacing roofing on Stevens' gym $199,000

Roofing Projects:

Replacing roofing on the high school music and technology wing $379,000

Replacing roofing on the high school library and some classrooms $460,278

Replacing roofing on middle school locker rooms and corridor $228,000

Replacing roofing on Charlton Heights cafeteria, gym and wings $648,000

Replacing roofing on Pashley B and C quads $351,000

Other:

Replace high school pool filters to operate correctly and efficiently $127,000

Replace Pashley's antiquated steam heating system with an energy

efficient hot water system $1,966,000

TOTAL: $4,940,778

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