SV looks to public for project approval

By Michelle Costanza

November 8, 2013 Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 1:14 AM EDT

Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Improvements could be coming to all three school buildings in the Susquehanna Valley School District.

Before any renovations begin, however, the district will need public approval.

The second of three public information meetings was held Thursday evening at Brookside Elementary School to discuss all angles of the nearly $3.2 million project.

Items in the capital project include: Electrical upgrades at Richard T. Stank Middle School, and a number of projects at the high school, replacement of a portion of roofing, theatrical auditorium lighting, locker replacement and classroom renovations.

At Brookside, the focus would be on roof replacement and continued asbestos abatement.

"Just like you have to keep up your home, we have to keep up our properties here (on school grounds) too," said SV Superintendent Gerardo Tagliaferri.

While much of the project will be funded through state aid, the approval to use $700,000 from the district's capital reserve fund will need to come from residents.

"Between the combination of state aid and the use of this fund, we anticipate no impact to taxes," said Tagliaferri.

The last public informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 12, at the middle school.

A vote will be held from noon to 9 p.m., Dec. 10.

If the vote is approved, construction is slated to begin in the summer 2015, with completion in the fall of that year.