OLEAN, NY – Residents of the Olean City School district will vote on a $24.8 million capital project that involves improvements to the district’s high school, middle school and elementary schools.

The vote will take place on March 10 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Olean Intermediate Middle School. A week earlier, on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., the district will host a community meeting about the project in the auditorium of Olean High School , 410 W. Sullivan St.

Proposed improvements at Olean High School include renovations to the atrium and locker rooms and the addition of a music room.

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The proposal also calls for a turf field with lights and renovations to the courtyard and pool at Olean Intermediate Middle School.

At Washington West Elementary School, the nurses suite, classrooms and corridors would be renovated, and the school’s entrance would be expanded.   

East View Elementary School renovations would include improvements for the nurses suite and cafeteria and the replacement of the public address and clock systems.

Olean Superintendent Rick Moore said he believes the improvements will help students to feel better about their schools.

 “It makes the kids feel like they're worth something, like they’re valued, and I think it helps with their self-esteem” Moore said. 

A total of 94.6% percent of the funding for the project will come from the New York State Building Aid; 5.4% will come from the district’s capital fund. 

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