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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • C-PP to approve scope of elementary school facilities project Monday

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  • The Corning-Painted Post school board will hold a special meeting Monday to approve the scope of a planned $63 million facilities project that will include major work at the district’s six elementary schools as well as Memorial Stadium.
    The board will meet at noon at the Administration Building, 165 Charles St., Painted Post.
    The board had initially expected to approve the scope at Wednesday night’s meeting, but that step was delayed slightly because school administrators and consultants went to Albany to meet with state Education Department officials about state aid for the project, resulting in some minor changes.
    The meeting with state Education officials was positive, Ginalski said.
    On Wednesday night, the school board was briefed by Jeff Robbins of Hunt Engineers on the latest construction plans, and got an update from Roy McMaster of Capital Market Advisors on state aid and financing.
    Robbins said the project - if approved by voters in a referendum tentatively set for Sept. 23 - would likely begin in the summer of 2015 with upgrades to Memorial Stadium, including replacement of the turf field.
    The elementary schools would be likely be renovated in pairs over a five-year span, with Erwin Valley and Severn first, followed by Carder and Hugh Gregg, then Winfield and Calvin U. Smith, Robbins said.
    “The site plans are exciting,” Ginalski said. “They alleviate many problems.”
    The project would also include work at the West High and East High campuses still remaining after the current $97 million facilities project that is turning the campuses into the consolidated C-PP Middle School and C-PP High School, respectively, opening this fall.
    Some repairs are also planned at the bus garage.
    McMaster told the board the majority of the $63 million project would be reimbursed by state aid and could be financed with minimal impact to taxpayers.
    If the board approves the scope Monday, the state-required environmental review would be done in July and August, leading to the September referendum.

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