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Kingston High School could soon be undergoing some major structural changes as the final decision for the renovation and expansion proposal is now just hours away. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt caught up with the district superintendent who shares the reasoning behind the plans and what locals can look forward to if approved Tuesday.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- “It’s about creating a safe, healthy, clean, 21st century, modern learning environment for our students at Kingston High School,” said Kingston School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino.
On Tuesday, local taxpayers will get a chance to vote on the $137.5 million proposal that includes the addition of 180,000 square feet of new space to the Kingston High School campus and the demolition of three older buildings: Wiston, Tobin and Myron J. Michael.
“Really, the cost of renovating those buildings exceeded the cost of building new,” said Padalino. “We are able to build new 21st century learning environments in our classrooms for our students instead of renovating old buildings that would still have some of the deficiencies that they already have.”
Deficiencies include heating, plumbing and aging infrastructure. As the school’s main building will turn 100 years old in 2015 with no real renovations in more than 25 years, it’s a project Padalino is calling necessary.
"Local impact on homeowners would be about $55 million of the $137.5 million, that's based on 60 percent state aid, building aid,” said Padalino. “Again, these are all approximations at this point.”
Voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the district’s seven elementary schools.
If approved, demolition would begin in the spring of 2015 and take about three years to complete.