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2017-11-09 / Front Page

Iroquois to use two propositions for January athletic complex vote

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ
Reporter

The Iroquois Central Board of Education has decided to go with two propositions for the proposed athletic complex facility, which will be voted on by the public from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the Intermediate School gymnasium, 2111 Girdle Road.

Proposition one is the athletic complex, which would cost an estimated $6.6 million, with about 70 percent of the funding coming from the state. The complex, which would include synthetic turf, would accommodate football, soccer, lacrosse, track and field, field hockey and other community-related activities.

Proposition two is a synthetic turf field for baseball and softball and is contingent on the approval of proposition one.

“We certainly as a board do not want to put the school district in any kind of financial jeopardy,” said board President Charles Specht. “I want our community members to be able to have a choice and let them be the ones to either vote for or against it.”

The School Board will be committing $590,000 toward the project from district savings. On top of that, $500,000 has been raised by two private donors; $100,000 has been committed by the Town of Elma; and recently a $5,000 donation was made by the Mader Construction Company Inc.

This means that roughly $895,000 must be raised by private funding or by taxpayers, if the voters agree to a tax increase. If the full amount is raised by the community, then there will be no tax increase.

A group called the “Iroquois Sports Complex Committee” was formed in the recent months to help raise money for the project. To learn more about the fundraising efforts, visit the “Iroquois Sports Complex” Facebook page.

The next School Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Intermediate School cafeteria, 2111 Girdle Road. To learn more visit iroquoiscsd.org.

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