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1958 - Construction of Weber Avenue Elementary School (today's Junior High wing)
Let the Building Begin!
The Ilion Board of Education approved a $32 million expansion and renovation project that covers all three buildings. The state will pay 95 percent of the cost. The district must come up with $1.6 million for the project. Ilion Superintendent, Mr. Gary Tutty, said that the Ilion Foundation will support the fund raising. "Because of their support, we expect minimal or no cost to the taxpayers," Mr Tutty said.
Committees composed of business leaders, faculty, staff and students were involved in the planning process. When complete, the project will add 75,000 square feet to the existing 157,000-square-foot, junior-senior high school.
Included in the proposal for the Junior-Senior High School campus, is a two story, 16 classroom, math-science wing. The new wing will run diagonally and connect the D wing to the junior high library wing. There will also be a new office and guidance area, a new gymnasium and fitness area, a new large group instruction area, a wrestling area and an indoor track. The auxiliary gym (a.k.a. 'girls gym' for us old-timers), would be turned into a state-of-the-art media center and a would also include a musical rehearsal area. The current art room would be turned into computer labs adjacent to the media center. The old media center (library) would become the art room.
Barringer Road Elementary School would be expanded with the addition of four classrooms. Remington School would increase by two classrooms. Both elementary schools' media centers, traffic and parking areas would also be renovated.
"As reported earlier this year, the district is considering a building project that would upgrade our facility and helpour students meet the demands of the New Standards. All three site-based teams presented their prioritized lists to the District Building Committee at the beginning of November. The District Building Team met every week in November and created a prioritized list that was presented to the Board of Education in December. Based on this list, along with the advice of the project planning architect, James Jordan of James Jordan Associates, the Board of Education will be presenting a formal plan to the district residents. At that time, residents can comment on the plan and give suggestions to the board. Residents can keep up-to-date on the project through the Gold 'N Brown and the local newspapers. The ideas generated thus far will greatly enhance the personal growth and well-being of not only our students, but of our entire community as well." (Source Gold 'N Brown Jan/Feb 1999)
"The Ilion Foundation has been discussing ways that it can help the district in its potential building project. Because of the district's high state aid ratio, even small donations can generate much larger amounts of state aid funding. The foundation is considering fund raising events that could help the district finance technology improvements in the classroomand media centers, the building of classrooms and athletic facilities, and the enhancement of the overall physical plant. They will be presenting ways that individuals and groups can sponsor different parts of the project. The foundation feels that the project will benefit everyone of all ages in our community. If you would like more information on how you or your group can play a significant part in the building project, please contact the Ilion Foundation at 315-894-9934." (Source Gold 'N Brown Jan/Feb 1999)
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