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Scotia-Glenville school district presents budget

Following the overwhelming defeat of a $26.76 million building project in December, the Scotia-Glenville Board of Education has put together a two-part building proposition to be voted on alongside the district's $46.65 million budget in May.

The scaled-back building proposition will include an upgrade to the district's technology server capabilities and infrastructure at all six schools. It would also pay for replacing the public address clocks at all schools, reconstructing the roofs at four schools, upgrades to the heating system, track improvements, as well as several other energy upgrades.

Board members said the improvements in the proposal are necessities and not just cosmetic.

Board president Margaret Smith said she wants voters to know that the project, which will come in at under $12 million, addresses priorities for the district. She said the board felt addressing the track was an absolute this year because it has been a problem ignored for too long, and it affects not just the track team but close to 125 physical education students per day. She said the track is also something the entire community uses.

We want to fix the track not just for our students but for all of those in the community who depend on it and use it. We also want our taxpayers to know that we based our building proposal on exit surveys, public opinions, necessity and how we could best utilize the EXCEL funding, said Smith.

Smith also said that the board has always known that the EXCEL funding could be taken away from the state at any time.

"Just letting that money come and go would be a disservice to our district. We have real maintenance issue that it will allow us to address," said Smith.

The district replaced Glendaal's roof last summer and is now hoping to replace the rear canopy as well as the entrance road at Glen-Worden. Other improvements will include the chimney at Lincoln, bleachers in the middle school gym, as well as renovations to the front walk of the high school.

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