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Starpoint School Board considers asking for tax-neutral construction

Members of the Starpoint School Board are considering asking the public to approve a $14.5 million construction project at the polls in May, which would not cost the taxpayers any additional money.

School Superintendent C. Douglas Whelan said Tuesday he presented board members with a proposal, which mainly deals with fixing the roofs in the district.

Most of the Fricano and Intermediate buildings, as well as most of the main building, need new roofs, he said.

Almost $5 million of the project would deal with roofing, Whelan said.

Other items for inclusion would be safety measures, a storage building and a new playground.

Whelan also told the public during a meeting Monday that the School Board should vote to connect the Fricano and Intermediate buildings with a music classroom addition -- at a cost of $1.8 million.

The buildings' brick walls need fixing, and the buildings need to be more efficient in terms of lighting, Whelan said. The dimming panel in the Middle School auditorium is also unusable, he said.

Whelan said state aid, EXCEL aid and a capital reserve account would take care of the cost of the project. EXCEL, another form of state aid, stands for Expanding Our Children's Education and Learning.

"I'm hoping that the public will understand that these things need to be done," Whelan said.


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