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Voters in the Kingston school district approved a $137.5 million renovation and expansion project. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more on where the project goes from here.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Cheers and chants coming from school district officials as the high school capital plan, said to be completed in September 2018, got the go ahead Tuesday night.
"We worked very hard. A lot of effort. A lot of energy and a lot of emotion put into this project, so I think this celebration is warranted," said Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino.
And pleasing for parents like John Heidecker who came out on a snowy afternoon to vote yes for the soon to be 100-year-old school’s upgrade to a 21st century learning environment for students and staff.
"I think it's great," Heidecker said. "The high school is in desperate need of repair and expansion, so is the downtown area, so I think all around is gonna be great for the community."
While others like Patricia Thayer say the extra $55 million that's now the responsibility of taxpayers could be tough on homeowners and senior citizens, she too agrees something must be done.
Thayer said, "It has to be brought up to date. We can no longer let the children stay in that kind of situation. We have to do something."
With the approval, the design phase will take place over the next year, followed by improvements to the aging infrastructure, heating and electrical systems, the bus drop-off location and a reduction in the number of entrances for safety reasons.
Padalino said, "It is times where people are really looking at how they're spending their money. I'm glad to see that our yes votes came out and that we have carried the day and we look forward to starting the project."
A mass overhaul beginning in spring of 2015 to improve the overall quality of education for our youth.