by Kathleen Duff
Monday evening, members of the Grand Island Board of Education met with school administrators and members of the district's facility committee to formulate an effective public information plan regarding the possible 2011 capital project.
Two separate propositions, in the amounts of $46,822,155 and $4,596,629, will go to public vote on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
Combinations of administrators and board members will present the important details and answer questions at various venues throughout the community (e.g., veterans groups, the Golden Agers, Rotary Club of Grand Island, Zonta, Lions and others). In addition, informational brochures will be placed in all schools and in the Grand Island PennySaver and Island Dispatch. The district website, www.k12.ginet.org, has a breakdown of each school's improvements and health and safety fixes, as well as answers to frequently asked questions from town residents.
Trustee Emily Ciraolo has created a Facebook page specific to the project: facebook.com/gicapitalproject. Addtionally, the public is invited to two presentations at the Connor Middle School Little Theater on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m., and on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m.
School board President David Goris and Superintendent of Schools Robert Christmann continue to emphasize the following points about the proposed project:
•Proposition 1 (the larger of the two) will have no local tax impact if passed.
•Proposition 2 would have 2/10 percent tax impact and will not pass unless Proposition 1 also passes.
•The scope of the work planned for each building is heavy on health and safety issues and on bringing the buildings up to Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
Proposition 1 includes items such as: masonry restoration, renovation of student bathrooms, repairing foundation cracks, patching and painting ceilings, special education renovations, replacing lighting in rooms and corridors and a wide variety of other items.