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$9.7 million project approved to bring school out of 1961

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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

More detailed information on the outlined renovations can be found on the school's website at http://www.whufsd.org/files/news/cap%20project%20brochure%20website.pdf.

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