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Heuvelton residents to decide $50,000 school property purchase

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HEUVELTON – Residents will get to decide whether Heuvelton Central School will spend $50,000 on a 3.70-acre property that would enable the school to free up current storage space to make room for more academic space.

Voting is Oct. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at the school.

Located at 7 Rensselaer St., the property already has two storage buildings on the premises that Superintendent Susan E. Todd said can be used to save the district from having to construct additional buildings.

“This is a really good opportunity,” said Ms. Todd at Wednesday’s public hearing on the proposal.

The proposed purchase would not affect the town’s school tax rate, as the money has already been set aside in a special reserve for it.

Because the property already has storage space on it, the district would be spared having to build additional space and could put that money instead towards additional instructional room.

Ms. Todd said plans have already been drawn up to turn the existing maintenance building into academic space that could be used for organizations and test taking.

President of the Board Michael Davis said it would be good to separate instructional from industrial space.

In addition to providing more storage and instructional space, the proposed property acquisition would also allow the school to increase its playing fields and provide better access to back parking spaces.

No residents spoke at the public hearing.

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