Johnson City schools consider $18M in upgrades, new projects

By Perry Russom

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Johnson City High School is stepping closer to proposed projects and upgrades worth $17.8 million.

School officials said the project, called "Vision 2015," would be implemented without any increase in taxes. State and federal dollars will pay for a vast majority of the work.

The school held a public meeting Tuesday night where parents and taxpayers had questions answered about the proposal.

"This was not a want or wish list of the board or things we need to do," said School Board President Rocky Martinez. "These are definite things we need to do. We have 42-year-old science buildings. We need to make those current."

In addition to an upgraded science wing, plans call for a new multi-use turf field and new bleachers for the gymnasium.

Questions from the public Tuesday surrounded parking concerns as well as the safety and costs of using artificial turf.

The school district said while turf is more expensive to install, costs are much lower when it comes to maintenance of natural grass, making the turf option less costly over the long term.

Johnson City voters may cast a ballot from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 10.

Voting takes place at the high school and the Family Enrichment Network on Cherry Street.

Johnson City residents with questions about their polling place can call (607) 763-1238.

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