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Eden voters approve school capital projects; Springville plan rejected

A capital project won voter approval Tuesday in the Eden Central School District while Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District voters rejected a capital proposal resoundingly.

Voters in Eden authorized three propositions to allow $22.15 million in renovations.

Meanwhile, Springville-Griffith Institute voters defeated a $38.72 million project, 1,541 to 348.

In a 642-312 vote, Eden residents approved a $12.25 million project that will convert Eden Junior-Senior High School, which holds seventh through 12th grades, to a middle school-high school.

Proposition 2, a $9.9 million project that includes an artificial turf field with lights, was approved 506-448.

Residents also voted 573-372 in favor of a third proposition that asked voters to spend up to $20,000 from the capital reserve fund to be collected from taxes.

In a text message, Superintendent Sandra Anzalone said she was pleased with the outcome..

“I am thrilled for the community,” she said.

Anzalone also said she was delighted the school conversion passed overwhelmingly.

It is “so important to keep our students warm, safe and dry and transform our instructional technology,” she said

Under that plan, sixth-graders will move from Eden Elementary School to the junior-senior high school.

The superintendent’s office and business office will relocate from the junior-senior high school to the elementary school.

Also planned are technology enhancements, more secure entrances and renovations to cafeterias, restrooms, offices, classrooms

The second also involves upgrading gymnasiums in all three schools and enhancing art, music and technology facilities, among other items.

“There is something in Proposition 2 for every student in every building,” Anzalone wrote.

The football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey teams will use the field. Lights will be angled away from nearby homes.

Although the district eliminated its varsity football team during the summer because of a player shortage, officials hope to re-establish it next year. The district has modified and junior varsity football teams.

Results in the Springville-Griffith Institute district arrived after 10:30 p.m., leaving no time for The News to contact Springville-Griffith interim Superintendent Sylvia Root to seek her reaction on the defeat of the district’s capital project.

Last week, voters in the Amherst Central School District approved a $4.35 million capital project to upgrade the mechanical/heating systems at Windermere Boulevard Elementary School. The vote was 209 to 52. The project is expected to be completed next summer.