ICC voters approve $7M in upgrades and repairs

 

(Note to our readers: Ichabod Crane School District Interim Superintendent of Schools Lee Bordick has posted a statement online about the increased security and other measures the district has taken to address the needs of students when they return to school Monday, December 17 following the shootings in Connecticut last week. The ICC statement is on the home page of the district’s website, www.ichabodcrane.org.

Chatham Central School District Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo has posted a statement on the homepage of the Chatham schools website, www.chathamcentralschools.com and the Hudson City School District also has a statement on its website homepage, www.hudsoncityschooldistrict.com )

 

KINDERHOOK–Voters in the Ichabod Crane School District approved a $7-million capital improvement and repair project last Wednesday in a special election.

 

Of 646 votes cast, 499 voted Yes to the project, which officials say will have no tax impact on residents. The funding will come from revenues the district has received for two insurance settlements that favored the district, as well as from the sale of the Martin Van Buren School building in Kinderhook. An  district budget surplus and reserve funds will also be used to pay for the project. The district expects to receive reimbursement from the state amounting to 73% for eligible parts of the project.

The scope of the $7-million construction project includes upgrades to the high school gym and library and replacement of the part of the roof. There will be asbestos abatement at the primary school and technology upgrades for all schools. The track will be resurfaced and there is some paving work is included in the project.

Interim Superintendent Lee Bordick, who will leave his post in January after two and half years at ICC, helped craft the project with input from a facilities committee appointed by the school board and from the community. He stressed that funds the district received from the settlements and the sale of the school building were one-time revenues that needed to be used for one-time project, like a construction project. He said the district’s buildings need at least $10 million in work, but school officials cut the project to $7 million to stay within revenues, avoiding any tax increase.

The next board meeting will be Tuesday December 18 at 7 p.m. in the Middle School Library.

To contact reporter Emilia Teasdale email .

 

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