Residents in Richfield Springscame out Thursday to vote on a large renovation project that will affect the entire school district. The Richfield Springs Central School district is looking to start a $3.1 million infrastructure and maintenance project. The plan is to fix the deteriorating roofs, bricks, and sidewalks. In addition, Superintendent Robert Barraco says they're looking to make the entire building wireless for its students, among a few other developments. "Certainly you wouldn't want to have any students subjected to any kind of deterioration when it comes to asbestos, leaks, or roofing situations that could impede the learning," he said.
Barraco says the state will provide 82% of the funds for the project, and the rest will come from money the school system has saved. "Right now we're able to get aid from the state education department which will offset most of the cost so we ought to take advantage of that." Barraco believes that these funds may not always be available to the district. He says the funding could be reduced, become available to other schools, or go away completely.
Eyewitness News will be posting the results as they become available.