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Potsdam voters to decide fate of capital project at former Building Blocks Day Care

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POTSDAM - Potsdam Central School Superintendent Patrick H. Brady said he, as well as the district’s architect, SEI Design Group, will begin working to disseminate information about a proposed capital project at the former Building Blocks Day Car building in the near future.

“They are in the process of creating some display boards for us,” Mr. Brady said, adding he is also drafting a mailing that will be sent to district voters prior to the vote.

Mr. Brady also said the district will host a hearing on the project next month.

“I would like to hold a public hearing on this,” he said. “It’s not required, but I would like to get some information out there and give the public the opportunity to ask some questions.”

The hearing will be held following the district’s reorganizational meeting on July 8. The reorganizational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. and be followed by the regularly scheduled board meeting, which will start at 6:30 p.m.

Mr. Brady said work at the former day care will cost up to $350,000, zero of which will be paid for by the district’s taxpayers.

“This is expected to have a 0 percent cost to our local taxpayers,” he said. “The state will pay their share and then BOCES will pay the local share,” he said.

If approved by voters, the project will renovate the building to make it suitable for a special education program geared towards Autistic students that will be ran by BOCES there.

“This is very important for special education and our relationship with BOCES,” Mr. Brady said.

With a price tag of $350,000 and no local share, Mr. Brady described the project, “as a very small project in the grand scheme of things.”

Polls for voting will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 22 at the high school.

The district took ownership of the building in May 2013 following 20 years of hosting the day care there since the building was first built in 1993.

To help pay for the building, the day care took out a loan from the village of Potsdam, which was written off earlier this year as a loss of $220,000.

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