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Capital project for Springville-Griffith schools will go to the voters Tuesday

A capital project that includes a new roof on the middle school, heating and ventilation improvements and a new high school gymnasium will go before voters Tuesday in the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District.

Interim Superintendent Sylvia A. Root emphasized the need to renovate the district’s four schools with the $38.72 million project.

“We have 1,800 students here who need a safe and secure environment where they can learn and also participate in extracurricular activities,” she said.

She noted that some items, including the middle school’s roof, have been delayed for years. The project also would renovate or replace heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units in all the buildings for greater energy efficiency.

In the high school, an addition would be constructed at the rear of the building to create a regulation-size gymnasium.

The current gym would become a library, and what now is the library would turned into computer classroom space and a conference room.

Additional agriculture and technology instruction space also would be created.

Other high school renovations involve constructing three sets of restrooms with facilities for the disabled, upgrading the elevators, removing asbestos, replacing the main boilers and the pool’s roof, and improving water service and fire protection.

Besides the new roof, the middle school would receive elevator and water service upgrades, new lockers and hallway floors, new pavement and sidewalks and a new public address system and gymnasium bleachers.

The main office would be relocated closer to the front entrance. Restroom renovations and a band room expansion are included.

Other projects include:

Springville Elementary – More facilities for the disabled, upgrades to the heating and ventilation system, replacement of floors and sidewalks, moving the main office closer to the front entrance and a new folding gymnasium wall; also, the school’s outdated ventilation system would be replaced.

Colden Elementary – Replacement of kitchen plumbing and exhaust system, better ventilation in the special-education and office areas, new fire alarms, new pavement and sidewalks, floor replacements and improvements to the electrical, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

Board members approved the project, 6-1 in October. For details, go to the district’s website,

Residents will vote from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the high school library, Colden Elementary School and Collins Center Fire Hall.