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VOTERS OK $2 MILLION FOR SCHOOL RENOVATIONS

The Wilson Central Schools will soon be spending $2 million from the district's fund balance to reconstruct and renovate several areas in the middle/high school after voters Tuesday approved the project, 245-51.

William R. Leardini, district business manager, said that the approval was "win-win" for the district. "Chances are, whatever we generate from this project, we'll probably put it back into our reserves for future capital projects," he said.

The project will not require a tax increase because the project will be funded through a capital reserve fund, and will receive 82.5 percent state reimbursement.

The district has been receiving a gate receipts tax from CWM Chemical Services. Leardini previously said the schools have been averaging about $50,000 a year in gate receipts revenue from CWM.

The project includes replacing boilers in the middle/high school and associated works such as removing asbestos in relation to a mechanical upgrade, replacing a deteriorated steel beam in a crawl space, restoring some masonry and upgrading some classrooms.

Board member Rebecca H. Albright said: "We would thank the community for their support. Their efforts on behalf of kids are greatly appreciated."

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