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First step taken on upgrades

The Iroquois Central School Board has taken the first step toward a ballot proposition calling for about $14 million in construction, including a new swimming pool, performing arts facility and a multipurpose building attached to the high school.

The board Wednesday night gave the go-ahead for architect Gordon W. Jones Associates to work up a proposal that could be presented to voters in December, according to Superintendent Neil Rochelle.

David Carlson, the district's building and grounds superintendent, outlined some components of the project:

* A collegiate-size pool at the high school, eliminating the 52-year-old middle school pool and the 43-year-old high school pool. The pool would be available for use by the public.

* A performing arts room accessible to the public.

* A multipurpose building attached to the high school for seminars, graduations, assemblies and community events.

* At the high school, accessibility for the disabled, heating system upgrades, new tiles and windows, updated science labs, more front-office space.

* At the middle school, electric, heating and air-conditioning upgrades; renovations to the stage, lighting, plumbing and storage; more physical education and classroom space.

* At the intermediate school, classroom and auditorium upgrades and more storage facilities.

* At Elma Primary, lavatories for disabled adults and more parking.

* At Marilla Primary, new ceilings, floors, cabinets and storage.

* At Wales Primary, occupational and physical therapy facilities, more space for special education and lavatories for disabled adults.

Officials said some of the project would be funded through state and federal aid.

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