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New security measures top school plan approved in Moravia

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Voters in the Moravia School District on Wednesday approved a $11.5 million dollar project by a vote of 190 to 36.

"I want to thank everyone in the community who made time to vote today, even as they juggle the demands of a bustling holiday season,” Superintendent of Schools John Birmingham said in a prepared news release. “Just like our residents, the district has a long to-do list, but we can’t tackle these essential repairs and upgrades without the support of our citizens. It’s gratifying to serve a community that is committed to safeguarding its children and preparing them for the best possible future.”

Moravia plans a 15-year, three-phase capital improvement project. The first portion will address safety and security issues and includes the installation of new, secure visitor entrances in all schools, upgrading all district lighting to LED, replacing exterior and interior doors and undertaking asbestos abatement in various areas. The district will also replace some ceilings, corridor lockers and the middle school's gym floor.

District officials say the work should start in the spring/summer of 2020. The District says the work will not result in additional property taxes. The project will be paid for with a combination of capital reserve fund dollars and debt replacement, the district said.

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