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TI Central to seek voter approval for $4.7 mil capital project Dec. 10

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CLAYTON — Thousand Islands Central School District voters will be asked to approve on Dec. 10 a $4.75 million capital project that would improve energy efficiency and security at district buildings.

The district has three buildings: Cape Vincent and Clayton elementary schools and the middle/high school building.

If approved by voters, a total of 100 security cameras — 60 interior and 40 exterior cameras — would be installed throughout the buildings, among other security improvements to control public access and to make sure staff is aware of the identity and purpose of all visitors.

Oil boilers will be replaced with propane boilers to cut back on energy costs.

Additionally, district officials hope to install 40-kilowatt solar panels at all three buildings, and general infrastructure upgrades and maintenance work would be conducted, as well.

At the middle/high school building, district officials want to replace the auditorium’s lighting and stage sound system, improve lighting at the athletic field and install a wood pellet boiler to further reduce heating costs.

A majority of the cost will be covered through state building aid, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority aid and $600,000 from a capital project reserve account.

The local share would be roughly $1.8 million, or $120,000 annually in debt service that would be paid over 15 years.

However, district officials said at a school board meeting Tuesday night that the capital project would pay itself off and projected an annual savings of $180,000 in energy costs.

With voter approval, the work could begin as soon as fall 2014, but most of the upgrades would take place in 2015.

A public hearing will be held Dec. 3, and several informational sessions will be held leading up to the formal hearing.

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