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Voters approve capital improvements at Iroquois Central Schools

Voters in the Iroquois Central School District gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a pair of capital improvement projects. Neither project will have any immediate effect on local school taxes.

The first proposition, a $17 million reconstruction and renovation project, was approved, 603-108. The plan calls for installation of new roofs at Marilla Primary School, the middle school and the high school; new entrances with enhanced security measures at all district buildings; repairs to parking lots and driveways, and upgrades of heating and ventilation systems. The cost will be covered by state aid and district financial reserves.

The second proposition, a $6 million renovation of athletic facilities, was approved by a lesser margin, 505-206. The project would create a new sports complex on the current athletic field west of Girdle Road, across from the main school campus. Construction will not begin unless Iroquois sports boosters can raise a local contribution of about $2 million by Feb. 28, 2017.