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Greenport’s $23.8M Capital Improvement Plan will head to voters June 26

Greenport school board members voted unanimously to approve the district’s $23.8 million Capital Improvement Plan at their meeting Monday night. 

Last month, board members voiced unanimous support for the improvement plan that’s been in the works since early February 2019.

In late April, the bond council drafted a resolution of the proposal that will be offered to voters. It will be presented to voters as two ballot items June 26, district officials said. The district had previously planned to have the voting date Thursday, June 20.

The first proposition would approve most of the building’s interior changes, totaling $21.2 million. This proposition would reconstruct the auxiliary gym, reconfigure workspaces, improve electrical systems, plumbing, public access, clock, heating and ventilation systems, upgrade the school’s playground, bleachers, press box and concession stand, replace lighting, ceilings, lockers and doors, as well as other major modifications.

The second proposition, which cannot be approved without the first, adds an additional $2.6 million to the project: It asks to reconstruct the four existing tennis courts and replace the six-lane track.

A previous $29.8 million version of the plan, proposed Feb. 5, included a turf field.

Construction for the project could begin as early as summer 2020, Superintendent David Gamberg said at an April board meeting.

Polls will be open to voters from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Dude Manwaring Gymnaisum of the Greenport school at 720 Front St.

The Capital Improvement Plan vote is separate from the district budget vote, which is set for Tuesday, May 21.

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