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Starpoint approves multimillion-dollar capital project

by jmaloni
Fri, Jan 9th 2015 01:00 pm

Staff reports

Voters in the Starpoint Central School District recently approved the district's $15.4 million Student Health, Safety and Technology Capital Project.

In a 527-316 vote Dec. 16, voters OK'd the project, which includes renovations and construction throughout the middle and high schools, as well as repairs to parking lots, replacement lights outdoors and a new athletic turf field. Voting was held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

"I'm very grateful to the Starpoint community for the passage of this capital project - it is important," said Superintendent Douglas C. Whelan. "Most of it has to deal with energy management, repairing and replacing vintage things."

He said turnout was a little lower than expected, as the district usually sees about 1,100 people at the standard May voting session. However, compared to larger districts with similar projects, Whelan added, Starpoint actually had a higher percentage of voters.

Although the project has been approved and is moving forward, the public won't see any changes until at least next year.

"Between now and April, the architects will specifically design the project. They'll ask for teacher input, administrator input," Whelan said. "Then, when that gets done in April, the plans and specifications have to go to the State Education Department, and that's where it takes an awful lot of time."

He said the state would take until at least November to review the application, and most of the work itself couldn't be done while children were in school, so construction couldn't begin until 2016.

For the full plans of the capital project, visit http://www.starpointcsd.org/news.cfm?story=1458.

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