Possible Renovations for Maine-Endwell Schools

By Mike Trim

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 31, 2006 at 12:17 AM EDT

Option A is a $54 million plan.

The bulk of that would go toward renovations at Maine-Endwell's High School and Middle school.

Improvements would include major upgrades to classrooms and athletic facilities.

Option B is $67 million.

That would add on money for improvements to Maine Memorial and Homer Brink elementary schools.

"Education has changed drastically over 40 years, and there's many more needs now that school districts have to provide students," said M.E. Superintendent Joseph Stoner.

That's why Stoner and the school board are proposing a multi-million dollar renovation project for the district's four schools.

They say the greatest needs are at the Middle and High Schools.

M.E. high school was built more than 40 years ago.

Stoner and his staff pointed out the problems that come with age like out of date, cramped classrooms.

They are problems students deal with every day.

"It's hard to move around. And classes are really crowded and it's hard to pay attention," said M.E. senior Kyle Nelson.

"There's stools as your seats, and it's really high up, so sometimes your back really starts hurting. It's kind of hard when your crunched with all the space, but it would be nice to have bigger space to be able to do things," said M.E. freshman Anna Petcosky.

One of the proposed renovations to the high school is building a practice room for the school band.

Right now, more than 130 band students have to practice on the same stage from which they perform.

The School District also wants to improve the athletic department, from fixing football field bleachers to installing a new pool.

These are the priority projects in the $54 million Option A.

The school district could go further and make improvements to the elementary schools, at a cost of $67 million in Option B.

To come up with both plans, the school district put together a committee that included taxpayers like Michael Sinicki.

"It's mechanical, it's structural, all those things need to be repaired. The question is, do we do that now, or do we do it later. So from my perspective, with some funds available, now's the time to do it," said Sinicki.

In March, the Maine Endwell School board will decide which plan to take to voters.

The Maine Endwell School District will hold an information session for taxpayers.

It's scheduled for March 1 at 7 p.m. at the Maine-Endwell High School Cafeteria.

M.E. will also plan more information nights, high school tours, and mail out newsletters to keep taxpayers updated.

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