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Capital project planned in Addison

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It was just about a year ago when the Addison Central School District wrapped up a $28 million facilities upgrade, which was phase one of a two part project. The school board is getting ready to put the second installment of the plan up for a public vote this December. Our Bill Mich has the details of what district residents will be voting on.

ADDISON, N.Y. -- The $22 million project that Addison Central School District residents will vote on has numerous pieces, the biggest being a two story addition to the main campus. It will add a new gymnasium and eight new classrooms so the building could house not only high school, but all three grade levels of middle school as well. A key component for the district.

"We put together a program that we believe will make a difference for our middle aged students, both socially, emotionally and educationally as well," said district superintendent, Joe DioGuardi.

Other pieces of the project include revamping the athletic complex that will add new tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and installing a regulation track and doing away with the gravel track there now. A new traffic loop for parents will be built to avoid congestion with buses and make picking up and dropping off students safer. And general improvements to the two elementary schools as well. They are all upgrades officials say need to happen.

"A lot had changed in terms of access, access for the handicapped and technology and power and lighting, inefficient boilers, energy savings. There's a lot that needs to be done," DioGuardi said.

The district would like to start work on the project next year, but it still must be approved by the public. There is one major factor that may influence their vote.

"We're a poor rural district, a high-need district so we, on all eligible work, will get 98 percent state aid on all eligible work and we also have some capital reserve money so we're looking at doing this to absolutely no additional cost to the tax payers," DioGuardi said.

If passed by voters in December, the district hopes to begin work in September of 2013 and finish the project by the summer of 2015.

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