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Residents of the Barker School District will vote Wednesday on a $1.6 million bond issue for renovations to school buildings.

Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. in the Herbert F. Ludwig Fine Arts Hall in the high school building.

The bond issue includes:

$465,000, various improvements at the Pratt
Elementary School.

$330,000 for health and safety concerns, including asbestos removal in several buildings, and renovations to stairways and the high school swimming pool, including work on the ventilation system and piping.

$265,000 for the redesign of the high school boys' locker room, construction of a new hockey field, offices and
classroom space.

$77,000 for improvements to heating-system controls.

$169,00 for construction of an exterior storage building for flammable and hazardous materials and a fueling system for for district vehicles. Both are required under new state environmental regulations.

$188,430 for project
administrative costs.

If approved by residents and the state Education Department, construction could begin in June with completion in September.

Superintendent Robert Melone said the project requires $1.2 million in short-term bonding and $400,000 already earmarked for the work.

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