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March vote possible on project

Members of the Silver Creek Central School Board on Wednesday night reviewed a $10 million building improvement project that may be put before voters as early as March.

Habiterra Associates provided drawings and proposals for several projects, including replacement of most of the roofing on the school buildings. The roof replacements would account for about $3.1 million of the total project. Remaining improvements include boiler and vent replacements, computer technology, door and window replacement and drainage on athletic fields.

Trustees also reviewed replacing lights on the football field to make the field adaptable for either football or soccer.

The project may include a cafeteria redesign that promotes healthier eating choices for students and air-conditioning for cafeteria workers. The board is expected to act on the proposal at its Jan. 24 meeting.

The project would go before the voters in March so work on roofing contracts could be done during the summer.

Paul Hadin of Habiterra and district Treasurer Dennis Corsaro said no additional taxes would be required to pay for the project. State aid and EXCEL aid, a onetime infusion of state money for building projects, should cover most of the project cost, they said.

Hadin said a small portion of the project might not be eligible for the aid. In that case, Corsaro said, the district would be able to tap capital reserve funds.

The board is expected to place the referendum on the next agenda. If approved, a vote could be held as early as March 13.

In other matters, the board:

* OK'd a $7,660 contract to G&G Fitness for rubberized flooring in the fitness area.

* Declared several items of fitness equipment as excess and OK'd posting them for a public bid.

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