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Grand Island Central School District: Capital project approved by 2-1 margin

Sat, Jan 12th 2019 07:05 am
Grand Island Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Graham discusses the $24 million capital project proposal to residents during a public hearing Jan. 3. The project was approved by voters Tuesday. (Photo by Larry Austin)
Grand Island Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Graham discusses the $24 million capital project proposal to residents during a public hearing Jan. 3. The project was approved by voters Tuesday. (Photo by Larry Austin)

Grand Island voters approved a $24 million capital project plan in a referendum Tuesday.

With more than 800 votes counted, 547 voted “Yes” to approve the proposed project, and 257 voted “No” (68 percent approval).

“We are grateful to the Grand Island community for approving the capital improvement project this evening,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Graham. “This project will allow us to improve the overall safety of our students, faculty, staff and administrators at the middle school and high school. Additionally, the project will allow us to improve all of our facilities and enhance the overall program for all of our students.”

The capital project would include:

•Bringing water access (drinking fountain, rest room) to the music wing of Grand Island High School.

•New, more secure entrances at Grand Island High School and Connor Middle School

•Acoustic improvements and renovations to the Grand Viking Theater at GIHS.

•Air conditioning in the GIHS cafeteria.

•Artificial athletic turf at the Ransom Road campus.

•Roof replacements at Sidway and Kaegebein elementary schools.

•Air conditioning in the Huth Road Elementary School auditorium and Sidway cafeteria.

•Renovation of the Huth auditorium and kitchen.

“I would also like to thank our facilities committee, along with the Board of Education, for the work they engaged in over the past year. Their effort and commitment to continuously improving our school district needs to be commended and recognized.”

The Grand Island Board of Education will meet Monday at 7:30 p.m.

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