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Schoharie schools eye big renovation

Schoharie schools eye big renovation

It's a $20 million project

Schoharie school officials are planning a nearly $20 million project at the junior and senior high school in what would amount to the biggest renovation in the school's 90-year history. 

The capital project - which district officials are hoping to take to voters for approval in May - would address millions of dollars in needed structural repairs, while also expanding the size of some classrooms, improving handicap accessibility and organizing rooms by grade level and subject. Schoharie Superintendent David Blanchard said he thinks the project can be completed for less than $20 million. 

The work would be wholly focused on the district's seventh through 12th grade building 


"The building is very historic and needs to stay in the school," Blanchard said. "The structure is good, which gives us a great opportunity to keep it in tact and make enhancements to bring it up to current educational standards."

If approved by voters, construction would potentially start in spring 2017 and take around 18 months to complete. Beginning on the ground floor, the project calls for converting an inaccessible crawl space into a full hallway and turning the 

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