School project OK’d, 306-174

Residents of the Salamanca City Central School District passed its proposed capital project Tuesday night by a 306-174 margin.

The proposed $27.5 million project will have no impact on local school taxes and would be paid for through aid from New York state and a reserve fund at the district, according to district officials.

The project largely aims to address items on the required building condition survey issued every five years by the state as well as much needed renovations and updates at Prospect Elementary.

Robert Breidenstein, district superintendent, said the voter turnout is around what the district expected. He said he thought positive messages throughout the community in the past couple weeks helped with the turnout and end result.

“This is a positive affirmation that the district is on the right track,” he said. “We are very pleased that the result exceeded the 60-percent by New York state requirements for small city school districts.”

The financial breakdown would see 66 percent of the $27.5 million cost coming from New York state aid. The remaining 34 percent would come from available funds the district already in hand. Officials have said there will be no additional impact to district taxpayers.

Involvement from the community, particularly the Ad Hoc Committee, was among the biggest factors in why the proposal passed with nearly 64 percent of the vote, Breidenstein said, including the six public forums held around the district.

“And I think the quality of Powwow communications that had gone out were cleaner, crisper and clearer,” he said. “That was a feedback that we had received from the community that the Powwow was much more detailed for their understanding, and that was helpful.”

School board member Kenneth Nary said thinks the positive vote will be great for the future of the students.

“I am very happy with the way that the public came out to vote,” he added.

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