The Greece School Board unanimously voted Tuesday night in support of putting the multi-million dollar capital improvement project before of voters on Dec. 4.
The project, Reimagine Greece, would improve all 17 schools and many district facilities.
“There’s been a lot of thought put to this project,” said Greece spokesperson Laurel Heiden.
Heiden says Reimagine Greece, the district’s $107 million capital project, looks to rebuild, remodel and revitalize district buildings to include updated bathrooms, playgrounds and a host of other things. The project will update playing fields, add lighting and will also improve safety at every school entrance.
“With the security concerns that people have associated with schools and public places, we want to have that extra layers, so when they come in, it’s in a confined area and only those people who are vetted can gain access,” Heiden says.
About $36 million will be used to build a new transportation facility. The current building is 55 years old and with the 400 drivers who now work for the district, it’s a tight fit.
“We did not have the level of drivers that we have now. We have 217 buses.” Heiden says.
These capital improvements will be paid for with $92,130,000 in State Building Aid and debt drop off, and $15,695,000 in capital reserves will cover the cost of the project.
Heiden says it won’t raise taxes for Greece homeowners.
But, what do voters think?
“My son…when he was growing up the fields weren’t great that he was playing on,” Patty Gilman of Greece . “We always said he we need new fields. The kids were getting hurt. Yeah, its great to make progress…why not.”
Jean Miller of Greece said, “My children are all done with school. They’re through college. They’re working and have jobs, but I feel anything you can put into education for children is definitely worth it.”
Heiden says the project probably won’t get underway for another three years.
If you have questions or would like to know more about the project you can attend a community meeting in the Greece Arcadia cafeteria on Nov.15 at 6:30 p.m. — WHEC 10