Proposed Greenwich addition

Seen here is a rendering of an addition onto Greenwich high school for a proposed health and wellness center. This is part of an $8 million capital project that will go before voters on Dec. 11 for approval

Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of three school building propositions in their communities.

Whitehall school district is seeking approval for an $18.5 million capital project that involves replacing roofs and boilers and making upgrades to athletic facilities.

Greenwich school officials are proposing an $8 million project to renovate agricultural and technical education classrooms, add a new health and wellness center and make facilities handicapped-accessible.

Also, voters in the Putnam, Schroon Lake and Ticonderoga school districts will have the opportunity to vote on a $30 million project proposed by Champlain Valley Educational Services.


Whitehall has two propositions on the ballot. Proposition No. 1 seeks approval to replace 50-year-old boilers; upgrade the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system; renovate the high school science rooms; and relocate the elementary main office and create a secure entrance vestibule. There would also be a new track and bleachers installed.

This portion of the project costs nearly $16.6 million. School officials say it will not result in any tax increase, because Whitehall has debt coming off the books. State aid will pay 78 percent of the cost, and the district is tapping about $4.84 million from a capital reserve.

Proposition No. 2 involves improving the elementary school bus loop, replacing the elementary and high school’s interior doors, relocating the weight room and creating an adaptive physical education and fitness room. This can only go forward if Proposition No. 1 passes.

If both propositions pass, the average home assessed at $100,000 would see taxes increase by $3 with Enhanced STAR, $7 for Basic STAR and $10 for no STAR benefits.

The polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. at Whitehall high school.


The Greenwich project involves constructing some small additions onto the school building for program needs. The first addition would allow the district to bring the greenhouse indoors and renovate the agricultural and technical education classrooms.

An addition to the front of the building would house what the district is calling its “health and wellness center.” This would replace a 1950s-era weight room with a modern physical fitness room.

Other parts of the project include making handicapped accessibility upgrades at all district facilities; replacing windows; fixing roofs; replacing doors; and upgrading plumbing fixtures and bathrooms in the junior high wing of the building.

The district is tapping $200,000 in fund balance. The remaining $7.9 million would be bonded with state aid of 82 percent.

The owner of a home assessed at $100,000 would see taxes increase by $25 annually, before any exemptions.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the elementary gymnasium.

Champlain Valley Educational Services

Champlain Valley Education Services is holding a vote on a nearly $30 million project to upgrade facilities at its Mineville and Plattsburgh campuses. The work includes replacing the roof; replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at the main campus; and improving the pool. At the Mineville campus, the work includes adding outdoor educational space and replacing windows and exterior doors.

The project would receive about $12 million in state aid, with the remaining $17.8 million split among the 17 member school districts.

If approved, the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 and receiving the STAR exemption would pay $3.30 more per year in taxes in Putnam, $3.61 more in Schroon Lake and $10.11 more in Ticonderoga.

The polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. in the individual school districts.

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Michael Goot covers politics, business, the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.


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