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  • C-PP sets Sept. 23 vote on $63M elementary schools project

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  • The Corning-Painted Post school board has formally approved Sept. 23 as the date for a vote on the district’s proposed $63 million new facilities project that would include upgrades at all six elementary schools and Memorial Stadium.
    The polls will be open from noon-8 p.m. Sept. 23.
    C-PP also scheduled a voter registration day for noon-8 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Administrative Offices, 165 Charles St., Painted Post.
    The school board also continued with the preliminary steps needed for the project at Wednesday’s meeting.
    The board reviewed the assessment form required under the state’s Environmental Quality Review Act and issued a negative declaration, meaning it believes no significant adverse environmental impacts are likely to result from the project.
    The board also authorized the district to issue up to $63 million in bonds to finance the project.
    There will be no increases in property taxes as a result of the work, as C-PP will be simultaneously paying off debt during the five-year project, expected to begin in 2015 and wrap up in 2020, said Superintendent Mike Ginalski.
    “The manner in which the board has retired debt is what allowed us to be in the position of being able to address some long-standing safety, security and infrastructure concerns without increasing taxes,” he said.
    If voters approve in the Sept. 23 referendum, work would begin next summer with the replacement of the turf field and track at Memorial Stadium, along with other repairs and upgrades to the facility. The stadium work totals $4.3 million.
    Also next summer, there would be $2.9 million worth of asbestos removal in the existing East High building. The expanded campus will open as the consolidated C-PP High School in September.
    The bulk of the project, however, involves renovations at the six elementary schools, which date back to the 1950s. The work would include things like new heating systems, kitchen equipment, roofs, parking lots and drop-off loops; as well as secure main entrances at each school. There would be small additions to ensure adequate instructional and support services space.
    In 2016 and 2017, there would be $8.2 million in work at Erwin Valley and $12.3 million at Severn. In 2017 and 2018, there would be $10.4 million in work at Carder, and $6.6 million at Hugh Gregg. In 2018 and 2019, there would be $5.8 million in work at Winfield, and $7.4 million at Calvin Smith.
    The schools would stay open during the construction, but temporary classrooms would be used.
    In 2019 and 2020, there would be $4.8 million in remaining work at the West High campus, which will open as the consolidated C-PP Middle School in September. The final phase of the proposed project would be minor repairs to the bus garage in 2020.
    Public meetings and other outreach efforts are planned for August and September.
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