2018-08-12 / Insight

Dryden Schools grateful for community support

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Mary Finnigan Dryden School District Superintendent Mary Finnigan Dryden School District Superintendent DRYDEN — Voters in the Dryden area approved the Dryden Community Schools sinking fund millage proposal Tuesday by a 209-vote margin (815- 606) — 145 votes more than when the district’s 2016 sinking fund was approved by.

“Oh, we’re excited, overjoyed and relieved,” said district Superintendent Mary Finnigan.

The district has a long list of things to do on its two buildings, the newest of which is 42 years old. Among those things said Finnigan are to replace the fire panel and heating controls at the high school roof, replace the high school roof, make repairs to the elementary school, add some new doors to the schools as well as the installation of additional security cameras, to alarm all building doors, add a key fob system and replace the boilers at both buildings.

Board President Richard Nash said board members will begin discussing what happens next when they meet at 7 p.m. Monday (Aug. 13) at the high school, 3866 Rochester Rd.

The vote, he said, shows “the community supports local schools and local control.”

Nash said no decisions have been made for what order the projects will be completed in. But, he added, since the first of the tax money won’t be collected until next June, none of the projects will begin before then.

In the meantime contractors are wrapping up paving the parking lot at Dryden Junior/Senior High School, one of the last projects on the 2016 sinking fund list.

The last project on the 2016 Iist — replacement of the high school’s fire suppression system — will have to wait until December and the final tax collection on the 2016 millage.

School officials expect to collect $690,000 over the next five years with the 0.75-mill levy voters approved Tuesday.

“We want to keep things nice for the kids and the community,” said Finnigan.

She and Nash said they’re both grateful for the community support the vote represents.

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