It’s a complete overhaul of the Kingston High School campus if taxpayers approve the $137.5 million proposal this coming December. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the reasons behind the plan and the improvements that could lie ahead.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- “I would love if my daughter attended a school that is conducive of learning and right now, if a student walks in these doors and you’re in the classrooms, it almost feels disrespectful to them because the stairs are crumbling, things are held together by duct tape,” said Kingston School District Communications Director and parent Kate Heidecker.
It’s not a matter of maintenance according to Kingston School District employee and parent Kate Heidecker, it’s the mere fact that the 100-year-old building has outlived its life.
“We have an environment that is dark, the heating and ventilation is not proper where it should be, we have a lot of safety issues with all the doors,” said Kingston High School Principal Adrian Manuel.
And so plans are in the works to transform the six building campus into a newly renovated state of the art facility to create a 21st Century learning environment while preserving the historical details of the school’s façade.
“We looked at redesigning the entire campus, better traffic flow, better use of technology, heating, air condition, ventilation all those things, electric and creating a setting appropriate for 2013 and beyond,” said Kingston City School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino.
Padalino says about 64 percent of the funding comes from state aid and the rest of the money will come from our local tax payers. It will now be put up for a vote and giving residents a chance to approve the upgrade on December 10th.
“The actual cost to the taxpayer on a home assessed at about $200,000 is just $144 a year, to me, that’s reasonable for the investment that we’re making,” said Heidecker.
It’s a chance to create a more positive and safe learning environment while improving the overall quality of the community.
“When people see good schools they want to invest in that community,” said Heidecker. “It attracts businesses. It does so many things to revitalize the area, so we really think it’s a solid investment and we’re hoping if we educate taxpayers about the actual cost and what it will do they’ll see that too.”