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BOCES project passes

September 22, 2017
By GLYNIS HART - For the News ( , Lake Placid News

SARANAC LAKE - Voters overwhelmingly approved the $18.5 million Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES capital project Thursday, casting 556 votes in favor of the project and 135 against.

The vote was held the same day BOCES welcomed parents and the public to its open house.

Adirondack Educational Center principal Rick Swanston said that although the state Education Department takes 32 months to review and approve capital projects, if all goes well, building could begin in spring 2019.

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David Filsinger, right, gets ready to cast his vote for the BOCES capital project Thursday at the Adirondack Educational Center in Saranac Lake. “I’m all about BOCES. They’re going to fix my electric car some day,” Filsinger said.
(News photo — Glynis Hart)

"We feel confident that having our vote right now gets us in line in good time," Swanston said. "We're hoping to be able to put it out for bid by December 2018."

Enrollment at BOCES has held steady or grown every year, Swanston said.

"It's a recognition not only in our region but nationwide that these tech skills are essential."



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