WESTMORELAND – Residents living within the Westmoreland Central School District will vote today on whether or not to move forward with a multi-million dollar capital improvement project.
The $5.95 million project includes updates to the high school boiler system, renovations to the bus garage, drainage repairs, upgrades to fire alarm and communication systems in the high school, improved handicapped accessibility in the high school, new heating and ventilation in the high school gym, and the installation of artificial turf and lights on the football field.
Some taxpayers say the project includes important safety upgrades, such as the installation of an elevator in the high school for a wing that is currently not handicap accessible, but other taxpayers are frustrated with the inclusion of the turf field and lights, which they say is too costly and not essential.
According to information about the project sent home to residents within the school district, the local share of the project cost would be less than 1 percent annually, or about $79,000 per year. The school district letter also says that the turf field is needed because they’re unable to adequately maintain the current grass field because of the aquafer system running under it.
The vote is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Westmoreland High School Gym.
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