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GAS WELL, IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS EYED FOR SCHOOL BALLOT

Voters of Springville-Griffith Institute and Central School probably will be asked to approve spending $150,000 to install a gas well and $1.85 million to finance a variety of improvement projects at the annual meeting May 23.

While the School Board has yet to vote formally to put the two propositions on the annual meeting ballot along with the budget and school trustee elections, they unanimously supported the concepts, Superintendent William I. Nennstiel said.

Nennstiel previously said that just maintaining the program at current levels would require a 6 percent increase in the budget.

If the improvement bond issue is approved, the first payments would not be due until the 1991-92 budget year.

Early projections suggest that energy savings might result in the investment in the gas well being paid back in 2 1/2 years.

Nennstiel said that about $1.5 million would buy new double-paned glass windows and new casements for the high school, Springville Elementary School and Colden School.

He said that leaking air resulted in a 2-inch ice buildup in one classroom and often forces students in other classrooms to move away from windows.

The project also would install escape windows and new doors that are better insulated than those now in use.

Additionally, the envisioned project would resurface four high school tennis courts and build a fifth; lower the ceiling and improve lighting in the middle school gym; install new light fixtures and add a bleacher section at the high school athletic field; install a new water softener in Springville Elementary School, and refurbish a boiler and install heating controls at the Colden School.

Also, the board, while still only in the vague discussion stage, is considering building a 700-seat middle school auditorium, possibly locating it between the middle school and the adjacent Springr school ballot
ville Elementary School. The construction of additional middle school classrooms for district classes and rental to the Board of Cooperative Educational Services also is drawing attention.

If the board should decide to build a middle school auditorium, the gym work might be scratched, Nennstiel suggested.

The trustees, headed by Carolyn Fenlon of West Falls, heard Nennstiel invite their ideas on how to solve the district's ongoing problem with retaining a tax collector.

"We've had five collectors in 13 years," he said. The school tax collector is paid $3,000 to collect more than $4.3 million in local taxes. "It's a lot of work," he said.

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