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Superintendent answers questions about Nov. 15 referendum

capital project news infographicOct. 26, 2016 -- About 20 residents attended a community meeting last night to listen to Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner describe and answer questions about the Nov. 15 referendum, in which voters will consider authorizing the district to spend an additional $2,689,404 on improvements planned for Marcellus High School.

The additional expenditure will have zero additional impact on the local tax levy, Ms. Brantner explained, because state building aid will cover 82.3 percent ot the cost and the district has the remaining 17.7 percent (approximately $520,000) available in reserve funds.

During the meeting, Ms. Brantner walked through the four-year history of the project, which so far has included: a voter referendum in 2014, in which residents rejected a proposed $18 million project; another referendum in March 2015, in which voters approved a scaled-down project with a $14.8 million price tag; construction bids that came in 25 percent over budget in May 2016, due to a confluence of factors that included too-low estimates from the architect and delayed state approval of building plans; and now a revised project that trims some scope and costs but retains the original "essence" of a project designed to upgrade the high school's instructional spaces for 21st century learning, Ms. Brantner said.

A public hearing on the referendum will be held 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at the high school. The vote will be noon to 9 p.m. Nov. 15.


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