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Schenectady public meetings on Capital Project Referendum start tonight

Schenectady public meetings on Capital Project Referendum start tonight

The Schenectady City School District is holding a series of public meetings starting tonight regardi

The Schenectady City School District is holding a series of public meetings starting tonight regarding the $70 million Capital Project Referendum that will go before voters March 25.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

—Tonight, 7 p.m. at Ellis Hospital’s McClellan Street Campus Auditorium

—March 6, 6:30 p.m. at Van Coraler Elementary School, 2300 Guilderland Ave.

—March 10, 6:30 p.m. at Yates School, 725 Salina St.

—March 13, 7 p.m. at Faith Deliverance Tabernacle Church, 1028 Ostrander Pl.

—March 18, 6 p.m. at Central Park School, 421 Elm St.

—School tours and walk-throughs with Superintendent Spring and the project architects will be held:

—March 15, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Van Corlaer Elementary School, 2300 Guilderland Ave. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mont Pleasant Middle School, 1121 Forest Rd.

—March 22, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Howe School, 1065 Baker Ave.; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Park School, 421 Elm St.; and 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Oneida School, 1629 Oneida St.

Phase I of the project includes renovations to Oneida, Mont Pleasant and Central Park schools so that they can open as grade six to eight middle schools in September 2016. Classrooms will also be added to Howe School to increase capacity so that the Early Childhood Education Center can be converted and open as a Pre-K through grade five elementary school in 2016.

Priority work will also be done at Van Corlaer Elementary School, Paige School and Steinmetz.

Ninety-five percent, or $66.5 million, of the $70 million project will be covered by state building aid. The $3.5 million balance will be covered by EXCEL funds.

More information is available on the Schenectady City School District website or by calling 370-8100 extension 40107.

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