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Utica School Board talks next steps in Capital Project

The Utica School Board met Wednesday to discuss how they plan to move forward following a vote to improve athletic facilities in the Utica school district.

Posted: Aug 15, 2018 11:51 PM

UTICA -- The Utica School Board met Wednesday to discuss how they plan to move forward following a vote to improve athletic facilities in the Utica school district.

Three Utica school's will soon be getting upgraded athletic facilities after more than 60 percent of voters, voted yes on the Capital Project. Roughly 1,600 votes were cast at that vote.

The school board accepted that vote at their meeting. Board members say they will receive aid from the state to help with 75 percent of the costs of the project. Taxpayers will help to pay the rest of the costs. Approval of the project means an increase in taxes by roughly $17 a year.

Next, board members will fill out paperwork and finalize designs for the facilities.

School Board Vice President Don Dawes says upgraded athletic facilities will be useful for students.

The $15 million project includes resurfacing the track at Proctor High School, adding a field house for storage, new public restrooms, and reconstructing the tennis courts.

There's also a plan to make improvements to the track and field at both John F. Kennedy Middle School and Donovan Middle School.

Board members say construction on the facilities should begin next summer. Construction is expected to last for two years.

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