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Two propositions up for South Seneca School voters

The first proposition for facility improvements to both Ovid and Interlaken campuses are based on recommendations from the Buildings and Grounds Committees in addition to the State required 5 Year Building Condition Survey. Recommendations for improvements included masonry restoration and roof replacements at both locations and improvements to the entrance drive and drainage at the Ovid Campus. There is no additional tax impact. Proposed total estimated cost is $4,272,880.Proposition two would improve the outdoor sports facilities at the Ovid campus. Improvements include a new all-weather 400 meter track, new grass football/soccer field with lighting, press box, handicap accessible grandstand, concession stand and restrooms, security upgrades, a conceptual design for upgraded soccer, baseball and softball fields, and additional parking. This proposition was presented to the BOE with over 300 signatures. Tax impact associated is the following: on a home assessed at $100,000, the tax increase without a standard STAR Exemption would amount to $35/year, with a standard STAR Exemption $25/year, and with a Senior STAR Exemption $13/year. Estimated total cost of Proposition #2 is $4,887,120.The South Seneca District receives 81.5% building aid from the State. The vote would allow the BOE to finalize the design and seek funding approval from New York State Department of Education to spend up to, but NOT more than the proposed cost of $4,887,120 regarding Proposition #2.The following statement is from Tom Lavarnway, who helped with the proposal and obtaining the signatures presented to the BOE. “This is not an elaborate complex. It is an upgrade to allow the entire community to attend SSCS sporting events. Also, the reconditioning of the existing fields would help to prevent further injuries to our youth athletes. By upgrading, we would be able to host regular season meets, Invitational Events, and even be considered to host Sectional Events, etc. Just to use Track and Field as an example: we’ve had on the average of 70 students (both boys & girls) participate. They should have a track and the correct field areas to practice and compete upon. Soccer is another example; we have a wonderful soccer program but our fields predispose students to injuries – preventable injuries, if the fields are upgraded.Proposition 2 benefits ALL outdoor athletics at South Seneca, as well as our local businesses. The increased attendance from away teams, Invitational events, Sectional events, and the like, will bring potential customers to the villages our school district serves. A Yes vote on Proposition 2 would help bring approximately $3.9 million in additional State Building Aid for the improvements and upgrades to our District.”Here is a breakdown of a construction project and how the time line works: district proposal, developing a budget with a conceptual design on paper, seek approval from district residents and NYS Department of Education to spend up to, but not more than the proposed cost of $4,887,120 (where we are now), input from various stakeholders; including coaches to finalize the design, and lastly construction.Budget voting will take place on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, from 1 pm- 8 pm in Ovid, Middle School- lower cafeteria.For more information or project related questions, please contact the District Office (607) 869.9636, there is additional information on the District’s website: www.southseneca.org.

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