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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Addison's $23M capital project 'many years in the making'

  • With a few ceremonial scoops of dirt tossed by elementary students wielding gold-colored shovels, the Addison Central School District celebrated the launch of a $22.9 million capital project on Tuesday.
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  • With a few ceremonial scoops of dirt tossed by elementary students wielding gold-colored shovels, the Addison Central School District celebrated the launch of a $22.9 million capital project on Tuesday.
    The project was approved by voters in December 2012, and after more than a year of preliminary work, bulldozers are finally starting to push dirt around.
    “It’s been a long road, with a lot of challenges and bumps in the road, but it’s a really exciting time as well,” said Addison Superintendent Joe DioGuardi.
    The project will add a new middle school wing at the main campus off Main Street, bringing all the middle school students under one roof for the first time, as previously sixth-graders were at the elementary schools.
    The new wing will be “state of the art,” DioGuardi said, with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). A new gymnasium will also be built on the main campus.
    The district’s athletic complex on Cleveland Drive will be revamped, with a new track, soccer field and softball field, as well as more practice fields. There will also be upgrades at Tuscarora Elementary and Valley Elementary.
    “This moment in our school’s history has been many years in the making,” said Lucinda Sutton, Addison school board president. “Our school administration, board of education, and our entire community have worked very hard to provide this opportunity to our students.”
    “It’s going to be a great improvement to the school and add a lot of things for the young students,” added Seth Burton, valedictorian of the Class of 2014.
    Kim Nichols, president of the Tuscarora Parent Teacher Association, said she was looking forward to the changes, both as PTA president “and just as a mom,” saying the upgrades will “enrich the lives of students for generations to come.”
    Addison Mayor Ray Walch thanked the administration, school board and the taxpayers who approved the work.
    “This is a great project,” he said. “Things don’t just happen - it takes a lot of work. So I commend everybody that was behind the scenes for this.”
    Buffalo-based Cannon Designs is the architect, and Rochester-based Campus Construction is the project manager. The work is expected to take about 18 months to complete.
    The project is the second phase of the largest facilities overhaul since the campus was built, DioGuardi said.
    A $28 million renovation of the high school was finished in 2011.
    DioGuardi said the district hopes to launch the third and final phase within five years. It would likely include a new pool at the high school, as well as a new library, cafeteria and gymnasium at Tuscarora Elementary.
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