WATERFORD, N.Y. - On Wednesday, voters in the Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District approved a $9.7 million referendum to fund renovations for parts of the 51-year-old school.
"Much of the proposed work is based in safety and cost-saving measures, and will also enable the school to become compliant with various building codes, including handicap accessibility," the school's website states.
A voter turnout resulted in a positive vote of 92-61. Work is expected to begin in 2014.
The voting on the proposed building renovation project took place in the Junior/Senior High School Auditorium Lobby from noon through 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12th.
The estimated project cost is $9,679,902 dollars with an estimated state aid of 73.4% or $7,105,048 dollars.
Key components of the renovations, as outlined by the school district, include:
Reparations to deteriorated concrete foundations, steps and walls
Replacement of deteriorated Elementary wing windows and front entrance doors
Elementary wing classroom renovations, specifically hazardous asbestos-containing floor tiles to be removed and replaced
Elementary wing toilet room renovations, specifically to accommodate handicapped individuals with disabilities
Elementary wing ventilation and exhaust renovations
Canopy extension from the building to the bus loop and entrance with vertical lifts, to provide covered access to students during inclement weather and accessibility for handicapped students
Upgrade to existing electrical sub-panels in 1961 portion of building
High gymnasium lighting replacements
Upgrade to emergency lighting and exit lighting
New emergency stand-by generator, as the existing generator from 1961 is no longer functional
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