Town of Webb School Board holds public meeting to show off proposed community-based school design

The project is estimated to cost around $42 million and will be up for vote in December

Posted: Sep 25, 2019 12:45 AM
Updated: Sep 25, 2019 1:36 PM

OLD FORGE, N.Y.- The Town of Webb School Board held a meeting Tuesday night show off their planned $42 million project to the public.

The plan includes a new Swimming Pool, Track and Turf, new Classrooms, a new Bus Garage, and a new 400-seat auditorium.

Dozens of people attended the meeting. Some were against the project fearing an increase in their taxes including Joesph Ross.

"I think the biggest issue we still have is we have a lot of unknowns”. Ross said. “We have project that is estimated to cost $42 million dollars there's no turn key price of what it's really going to cost, we don't know what the maintenance costs are going to be, we just don't know that much about it in detail."

Others like Don Kelly and Mary-Brophy Moore are in favor of the project, despite the possible increases to their school tax bills.
"Everything that's included in the plan is a great benefit for the community, especially the children but the whole community”. Brophy-Moore said.

Kelly says the community would be able to use the facilities as well, not just students and faculty.

“That coincided with an interest in the school in terms of integrating the school or fully with the community, and in using frankly some spaces that are under used right now." said Kelly.

The highlight of the project would be the new swimming pool. Brophy-Moore says there would be lots of benefits to the Old Forge and Town of Webb communities if a swimming pool was built.

“The pool is going to have benefits not only for the students because they’ll be able learn how to swim here, learn how to do lifeguarding, learn how to do any kind of watersports, because it’s going to be a regulation pool, but then after hours to have it open to the community is a huge benefit, for the seniors especially, for anyone that’s looking for either rehabilitative issues, or just a place to come and swim.” Brophy-Moore said.

The project is scheduled to be voted on December 12th.

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