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Iroquois vote being studied

The Iroquois School Board has embarked on the task of desiging "Plan B" after the defeat last week of a massive capital project.

The $49 million plan called for work in all six of the district's buildings, at least some of which was deemed essential.

Superintendent Neil Rochelle said during a meeting of the School Board Monday night the district is trying to be proactive in the wake of the failed proposal.

"We're looking for specific feedback from residents rather than hearsay," Rochelle said. "We want to see what people's concerns were. Was it the economy or specific parts of the project?"

To that end, the district is setting up a survey on its Web site and including one in the district's next newsletter.

The results of the survey will help guide board members when they meet to discuss capital improvements again, probably by the December board meeting, the superintendent said.

In the meantime, the district plans to call back the facilities committee, which made the recommendations for the project, along with the architect to discuss must-do repairs.

School Board President Elaine Pauly agreed, citing an example: "The septic issues at Wales Primary are not likely to wait three years."

Board member Nickole Garrison noted that if the district makes repairs and pays for them out of the general fund, the work would probably be ineligible for state aid.

According to the district Web site, 71 percent of repair and construction costs would have been covered by state aid if the capital project had passed.

In a related matter, the board approved appropriations from the Repair Reserve Fund to fund repairs to the athletic track, $74,450; the septic tank at Marilla Primary, $7,800; and the main campus parking lot, $16,047.

The fund was established by the board in April and funded with a maximum amount of $450,000 by district voters in May.

Business Manager Douglas Scofield said the reserve fund is for the type of repairs that do not occur annually. He noted that the work at Marilla Primary had already been completed as the septic tank caved in Labor Day weekend and needed immediate repair.

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