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Springville-Griffith sets stage for vote on capital project that includes gymnasium, library

A capital project that includes a new high school gymnasium and relocated library will go before voters in the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District.

Board of Education members endorsed the $38.72 million project, 6-1, Tuesday night. Michael Connors cast the opposing vote after his motion to separate the project into different proposals failed.

The district plans to borrow the amount through bonds to fund repairs and upgrades in all the schools and offices. Renovations will address needs that should not be delayed, said Sylvia Root, interim superintendent.

“We just want to keep the integrity of the buildings,” she said.

In the high school, the district plans to spend $21.38 million to construct a gym and convert the existing gymnasium to a library-media center.

The existing library-media center would be revamped and used as instructional space. That room would also continue to be the board’s meeting site.

Voters will decide on the project Dec. 15. If it is approved, the board expects to receive the architect’s final drawings in July, submit the plans to the state Education Department in August, advertise for bids in May or June 2017, open bids in July 2017 and start construction in the late summer or early autumn of 2017.

Project completion would be expected in fall 2018.

A complete list of the project’s details and itemized expenses is available at www.springvillegi.org.