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Grand Island Board of Education gives go-ahead for $24 million capital project

Sat, Nov 24th 2018 07:00 am
Grand Island Central School District voters will have a chance to vote on a proposed $24 million capital project, which could include a multi-sport turf field behind the Ransom Road campus. Pictured is a concept drawing of such a field.
Grand Island Central School District voters will have a chance to vote on a proposed $24 million capital project, which could include a multi-sport turf field behind the Ransom Road campus. Pictured is a concept drawing of such a field.
By Larry Austin
Island Dispatch Editor
The Grand Island Central School District will hold a public referendum on Tuesday, Jan. 8, to seek voter approval for a proposed $24,149,626 capital project.
The board voted 6-0 Monday at a special meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School to set the vote.
Superintendent of Schools Brian Graham said the district will have two public hearings about the project at locations to be determined between now and the vote date:
•Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m.
•Thursday, Jan. 3, at 6 p.m.
The conceptual budget for the project includes:
•$14,150,900 at Grand Island High School and Connor Middle School. Some of this work would include safety improvements at entrances to both schools.
•$1,614,691 at Charlotte Sidway Elementary School.
•$2,075,862 at William Kaegebein Elementary School.
•$1,011,150 at Huth Road Elementary School.
•The plans also call for $8,660,921 for a multi-sport complex for baseball, softball, and other field sports, as well as associated fencing, sidewalks, and scoreboards.
Graham said should the capital project pass at the polls, the potential tax impact on a home valued at $180,000 would be an estimated $15-$16.
Graham said a 13-minute presentation video describing the project is forthcoming and would be "very similar to what we did in the community forums but with some updated information."
"Right now everything that you have seen in the community forums are concepts," Graham said. "There could be some changes, for sure, in the design process, so if the community gives us permission to move forward, then the design process begins. The concepts that are on the slides from the community forum could be tweaked or changed."
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The next regular meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road.
Board of Education meetings air on Time Warner Cable Channel 22.
Board of Education Trustees
  • President: Ashli Dreher
  • Vice President: Susan Marston
  • Trustees: Glenn Bobeck, Robin McCreary, Joy LaMarca and Donna Tomkins
  • Superintendent: Dr. Brian Graham
  • District Clerk: Jude Kuehne
Send comments to the board at [email protected].

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