Utica CSD spreading word about capital project to improve athletic facilities

The Utica City School District is spreading the word about a proposed capital project to improve the schools district's athletic facilities.

Posted: Jul. 12, 2018 5:21 PM

UTICA – The Utica City School District is spreading the word about a proposed capital project to improve the schools district's athletic facilities.

Ahead of the vote on Aug. 14, school officials want to make sure that local residents know what’s at stake.

The Athletic Improvements Referendum includes three different propositions, which Utica residents will vote on separately:

Question 1:
Proctor High School - $5,925,000
- Field house – Team building/storage
- Lower concession stand and public toilets
- Artificial turf replacement
- Track resurfacing/replacement
- New scoreboard
- Tennis court reconstruction
- Minor building renovations

Question 2:
$4,725,000

John F. Kennedy Middle School
- Track and in-field reconstruction
- Portable bleachers
- Support building improvements
- Minor building renovations

James Donovan Middle School
- Track and in-field reconstruction
- Portable bleachers
- Support building
- Minor building renovations

Question 3:
$4,325,000
Proctor High School
- Upper concession stand
- Stadium lighting replacement
- Practice field reconstruction
- Practice field storage/support building

John F. Kennedy Middle School
- Field Reconstruction

James Donovan Middle School
- Field reconstruction

School board members say these upgrades will not only benefit athletes, but the community as well.

"I think our students deserve the best. And sometimes they say, ‘Well, it’s going to cost money.’ Well, we haven’t raised taxes in a while and sometimes to get something you have to give something," said board member Evon Ervin, chair of the Public Policy Committee. "So I think this is a time for the community to come together to show our support of our children.”

Community presentations will be held in locations throughout the city of Utica to provide voters with more information. That schedule includes:
- July 19: Proctor High School
- July 23: JFK
- July 24: Board of Education meeting
- July 31: Watson Williams
- Aug. 2: Jones

All of the presentations will begin at 6 p.m.

The public vote will be held from 12-9 p.m. on Aug. 14.

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