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T.I. Central School board mulls multimillion-dollar capital project

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CLAYTON — Thousand Islands Central School District could ask voters in May to approve a multimillion-dollar capital construction project that addresses security flaws at its three school buildings, among other things.

District Superintendent Frank C. House said the project’s top priority would be enhancing security at Cape Vincent and Clayton elementary schools and the middle/high school building.

District officials also are discussing energy-efficiency upgrades, including the installation of new boilers and solar panels.

At this point, nothing has been agreed upon and the school board will seek feedback from the community soon at an upcoming budget forum.

The district Board of Education is tentatively looking at installing 100 cameras. Intercoms also would be installed at entrances to control public access and to make sure district staff is aware of the identity and purpose of all visitors.

Because it always has been fairly easy to get into and navigate around the schools, the change would take some time to get used to. However, district officials said they believe these proposed security measures are necessary to ensure the safety of Thousand Islands students.

If the proposal ends up on the ballot in May and passes, the plan would be reviewed by the state Education Department by April 2014; construction bids would be awarded next June and Thousand Islands would break ground on the project soon thereafter with a goal to have most of the work completed by fall 2014.

The board plans to share more details about the 2013-14 budget and its capital project proposal at a community forum at 6 p.m. March 26 at the middle/high school auditorium, 8481 County Route 9.

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