Plattsburgh Voters Decide on School Renovations Bond Thursday

Plattsburgh Voters Decide on School Renovations Bond Thursday

At Plattsburgh High School, plastic bags and garbage cans are taking care of what the roof can't handle.
PLATTSBURGH - At Plattsburgh High School, plastic bags and garbage cans are taking care of what the roof can't handle.

"It just leaks from all over in here," said Alan Bailey, the Building Maintenance Mechanic.

The staff is getting creative to plug up the leaky ceilings, but Superintendent James Short says the school needs a new roof--soon.

"Water infiltration into a building has further deteriorating effects to the building, whether it's rust, mold, or anything else. So if we don't address it, it will become a problem," said Short.

Thursday, voters will head to the polls for an up or down vote on a $9,094,826 bond. It would raise property taxes by 17 cents per $1,000, which would go into effect in 2017.

"It's extremely practical," said Short. "There's nothing flashy. We're not over-the-top...it's just time. Let's get this roof addressed."

Meantime, Stafford Middle School needs a new gym floor--also part of the project.

"The floor is starting to separate and laminate," Short said, described a vulcanized rubber floor that he says was "in vogue" when it was installed around the time of the 1980 Olympics. "The problem with that is it does require an asbestos removal," he said. There is no current asbestos danger.

Rusted pipes and old windows are also on the docket for replacement. Short says the district needs to make the repairs now, to avoid costing taxpayers more money in the future.

"This day and age, we can't spend money on things that aren't just practical common sense," he said. "But if we don't sped it, it'll cost us something greater later on."

The vote is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bailey, Momot and Duken buildings. For more information on the proposal, head to the Plattsburgh City School District website.
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