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Where we live: Elma/Marilla/Wales


A potential capital improvement project in the Iroquois School District would include about $14 million in upgrades, but it likely won’t be presented for voter approval until late 2015.

Superintendent Douglas Scofield said a building conditions survey identified $40 million in “fix-it items,” but the district cut nearly two-thirds from the original price tag to focus on highest-priority work.

Most of the project will focus on health and safety items, such as new roofs, driveways, locks and heating units.

“We’re looking to do projects that won’t impact the taxpayers,” said Scofield. “We feel comfortable we can do that like we did with the last project.”

Scofield said safety elements include reorganizing the front entrances so that visitors are more visible as they approach and enter the buildings. No additions are planned.

“There’s nothing glorious that we’re recommending,” Scofield said.

School Board President Charles Specht doesn’t want to rush the process.

“ It’s important that we always have that input from our community,” he said. “To try and put something together for a vote in December of this year is an awfully short time. I don’t want anybody to feel that something is being shoved down their throat.”

This week:

• The Elma Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road.

• A meeting of the Marilla Conservation Advisory Board begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 1740 Two Rod Road.