Jamestown’s School Board Approves $86 Million Capital Improvement Project

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JAMESTOWN – An $86 million dollar capital improvement project for Jamestown Public Schools has been approved by the district’s board of education.

The board voted on the five-year project during their Tuesday night meeting.

The district is reimbursed for 98 percent of the improvements, with the school’s savings covering the remaining two percent. There would be no local tax increase as a result.

The project will start with five schools: Jamestown High School, Persell Middle School, Fletcher Elementary School, Ring Elementary School, the Bus Garage, Tech Academy and include districtwide IT updates.

Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker says the plan would modernizing instructional spaces and improve safety and security. He says like at home, the district must keep up with continued maintenance; like replacing roofs and updating heating and cooling.

A public hearing on the project will take place Tuesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. in the Persell Middle School auditorium.

The community is scheduled to vote on the proposal the following week on Tuesday, May 18 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School and Washington Middle School.


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