The Walton Central School District community went to the polls Tuesday and voted to pass the district’s capital project.

The project covers important repairs to Townsend Elementary floors. The 1938 second floor is in need of repair for the subfloor. Deterioration of the floor was found during the engineering phase of the current capital project.

The estimated cost of this capital project is $4,177,020. The district will utilize $1,000,000 of the capital reserve fund, which, in conjunction with New York State building aid, will mean no additional tax impact on taxpayers.
The final vote was:

Yes: 182
No: 30

“We are extremely thankful to the community for passing this project,” Walton Superintendent Dr. Michael MacDonald said. “The need to keep Townsend Elementary safe for all students and staff is of the utmost importance, and this project will allow us to maintain that.”

The design phase and New York State Education Department review process will run through early December, followed by the bid process. The first phase of construction would begin in June 2023, with the second phase starting in June 2024. Full completion of the project would be by February 2025.