October 23, 2021

Cincy to vote April 21 on $3.5M school project

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A proposed $3.5 million capital project to replace and rehabilitate buildings, equipment and other aspects of the Cincinnatus Central School District will have minimal effect on property taxes, Superintendent Todd Freeman said Monday.

The project will:

  • Replace sidewalks and curbing.
  • Repair brickwork.
  • Replace carpets and ceilings.
  • Replace blackboards with digital boards.

Other work will include upgrading lights in the auditorium, performing moisture mitigation in the basement and performing roof repairs.

Freeman said about $3.2 million of the project will be funded through state building aid, to be paid back over 15 years and over $300,000 through a capital fund that has already been collected.

Taxpayers would have to pay a little more than $82,000 over that time, which Freeman said equals around $5,495 per year.

Work on the main building wasn’t immediately needed but would prevent crucial future work, he said. “This plan is designed to replace things before failure.”

He noted work on the masonry of the main building, which dates back to 1936.

“We’re making every effort to maintain the original architecture and beauty of the building,” he said.

District voters can learn more about the project at an information session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the small gym, Freeman said.

The vote will take place in-person noon to 8 p.m. April 21 in the large gymnasium foyer.

If approved, Freeman said work would begin in 2023.

“I’m confident that our public will support the project,” he said.

Coming dates

  • A public information session on the capital project will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the small gym.
  • The vote will be noon to 8 p.m. April 21 in the large gym foyer.