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Community members gather on the front steps of Kingston High school for the first of three public information sessions on the school’s proposed capital plan. As parents and district officials tour the facility, YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more on their reaction.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- “I think it's necessary. It's a little too late, but never late than never,” said Kingston City School District parent, Diana Custer.
As Diana Custer walks around Kingston High, she says she’s appalled by some of the setbacks and daily struggles endured by Kingston High students and staff.
“I'm very concerned for children where it's not ADA compliant, that there's only one location for their kids to get in and out of the building,” said Custer. “To me, that's unacceptable and I do not have a child with a disability, but it just doesn't feel right.”
Because of this and related factors, a $137.5 million renovation plan is in the works to improve the handicapped accessibility, update the aging infrastructure and alter the six building campus layout.
“Not addressed in the 1979 renovation were any of the infrastructure issues that we’ve had with the heating, electrical or plumbing and it will all be addressed in this particular plan,” said Kingston City School District Board of Education Vice President Nora Scherer.
If approved by taxpayers in December, district officials say the overhaul would begin in 2015 and take about three years to complete.
“The construction is very carefully planned so that we wouldn’t require swing space. Students can still continue to attend classes on the campus without disruption other than a little noise,” said Scherer.
An investment that this mother of five hopes will be approved as she says educating the area youth is vital to the future of the community.
“There’s a 100 years of experience here. We moved into Kingston, for the reason, for the incredible educational opportunities that are here and it's really important that we provide that for the next 50 to 100 years,” said Custer.
Those that missed Tuesday’s tour still have a chance to see the school as additional presentations are scheduled for November 18th and December 3rd.
Anyone looking for more information on the cost increase for taxpayers can head to www.kingstoncityschools.org.