SV to ask voters to approve money for school upgrades

By Candace Chapman

SV to ask voters to approve money for school upgrades

September 20, 2013 Updated Sep 21, 2013 at 1:37 PM EST

Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Susquehanna Valley School District lays out projects to be funded if voters approve a $3.2 million referendum in December.

The district said state aid would pay for 85.5 percent of the cost and a capital reserve fund would cover the rest. There would be no increase in the school property tax.

Based on a recommendation from the district's facilities advisory committee, the board of education approved the referendum for the following projects:

- Replacement of the entire roof and asbestos abatement of corridor floor tiles at Brookside Elementary School.

- Electrical upgrades at Richard T. Stank Middle School

- Replacement of a portion of the roof and replacement of student lockers at Susquehanna Valley High School.

- A new theatrical lighting system and upgrades to the original house lighting system in the auditorium at the high school.

- Classroom renovations to improve and relocate high school technology and pre-engineering programs.

In a media release, Superintendent Gerardo Tagliaferri stated: "With foresight, our voters in 2008 approved establishing a capital reserve fund, putting the district in the fortunate position of being able to accomplish additional facilities upgrades while mitigating tax impact.”

The vote will be held on Dec. 10. The district plans to hold public information sessions on the referendum in early November.