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Gloversville voters to decide on capital upgrade

The Gloversville Enlarged School District’s massive $37.8 million capital project will go before vot

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The Gloversville Enlarged School District’s massive $37.8 million capital project will go before voters Tuesday.

The plan includes a broad spectrum of upgrades and repairs across the district’s seven buildings to improve student health and safety, energy efficiency, infrastructure, traffic patterns and athletic facilities.

With 98 percent of the cost covered by state aid and the rest by the district’s reserves, school officials say there will be no additional tax increase for the project.

“We’ve been working on this for about the last 18 months and listening to feedback from faculty, staff and from parents and community members,” district Superintendent Michael Vanyo said in a video promoting the project.

“We want to make sure that our students are as comfortable as possible. We want to make sure they’re in a safe environment.”

The last major capital project the school undertook was in 2007, when it spent $24 million on improvements to Kingsborough, McNab and Meco elementary schools and construction of a new gymnasium at the high school.

Of the $37.8 million proposed now, $18 million is going toward the middle school, which will be 20 years old next year.

The project also includes creation of a new consolidated athletic field complex near the middle school and high school with a multiuse track and grass field, all-weather synthetic turf field, competition-level softball fields and six new tennis courts.

Much of the work involves incremental repairs and improvements, such as replacing carpeting in classrooms, installing new lights and windows, improving insulation, reconstructing stairs and replacing roofs, as well as traffic and security improvements.

Polls will be open from 11:30 a.m. through 8:30 p.m. in the Gloversville High School gym and at Bleecker Town Hall. The project needs approval of a 60 percent supermajority of voters.

If approved, work would likely start in summer 2017 and wrap up by fall 2018.

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