NCCS proposes technology upgrade: New classrooms, security system, track facility and tennis project also to go to vote PDF Print E-mail
Written by By SUZANNE MOORE, Staff Writer   
Thursday, January 07, 1999

CHAMPLAIN — A $2.6 million technology upgrade at Northeastern Clinton Central School goes up for vote with four other propositions on Jan. 28.

The cost of the projects is at least 90-percent refundable by New York state.

Public hearings are set for Jan. 12 at Mooers Elementary School and Jan. 19 at the Senior High, both at 7 p.m.

Work would begin in early summer on voter-approved projects, with completion slated for about a year later.

Proposition 1: Technology

The $2,671,000 technology project would provide 450 computers and support hardware to network the district's three elementary schools, the middle and high schools.

It would include electrical upgrades to meet state guidelines and staff training, according to Superintendent of Schools Chris deGrandpre.

Proposition 2: New rooms

Proposition 2 evolved at the request of Champlain Valley Educational Services, deGrandpre said.

Two special classrooms, additional space for related activities and bathrooms would be built at NCCS, tentatively at the northern end of the Middle School.

Students who normally would travel to the former BOCES in Plattsburgh would be able to participate in mainstream gym classes, assemblies and other appropriate activities at NCCS, deGrandpre said.

"The bottom line is it gives them more opportunity," he said.

He said the project would be 90-percent state-funded and Champlain Valley Educational Services would pay the remainder to lease the rooms.

"(It) guarantees a long-term lease, which covers the cost of the local share," deGrandpre said.

For example, he said, NCCS would pay off the construction over 10 years — in year six, the balance would be about $112,000.

New York state would pay a little more than $100,000 of that, so Champlain Valley Ed would pay the balance as rent.

"There will be no cost added to the local tax rate," deGrandpre said.

Proposition 3: Track, tennis

Proposition 3, for $485,000, would pay for a new, fenced-in track behind the High School, the renovation of two existing tennis courts and the addition of two new courts.

With proper drainage, a macadam base and rubberized surface, the all-weather track could be used even during the wettest months, deGrandpre said.

"Often, in the spring, the students have to run in the halls of the building."

He said the existing track was built in the early '70s and is in poor shape.

Proposition 4: Security

The Proposition 4 security project would include installation of video cameras at some entrances and other areas. Tones would sound on doors to signal the arrival of visitors.

The cost would be $246,000.

"It's a response to concerns about safety (because of incidents elsewhere in the country)," deGrandpre said.

"And it relates to some of our own experiences."

School Board elections

Voters will also elect a new board member to fill the unexpired term of Tim Matott, who resigned in October.

Joan LaPierre is the only candidate for the seat.



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