Northern NY voters consider CVES capital project

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) Champlain Valley Education Services is asking for $30 million in a special vote Tuesday. Our Kelly O'Brien found out how they want to spend that money if voters say yes.

"Primarily it's been over thirty years since our last capital project," said Mark Davey, Champlain Valley Educational Service BOCES superintendent.

Rundown roofs, upgrades to traffic and campus safety, and buying property it now rents are just a few of the reasons CVES is asking for help.

CVES is a Board of Cooperative Educational Services or BOCES and it runs all the career and technical education in Clinton, Essex, Warren and Washington counties.

"The way that a BOCES operates is we are only funded through financing from our component school districts," Davey explained. "Each district of our 17 districts have a certain number of students that are enrolled, based upon their student enrollment they then have a cost share percent of the project."

CVES wants $30 million to complete its wish list. It posted projections online of what that would mean for taxpayers in its 17 districts and it appears costs would range from a low of $5 to a high of $30 a year for at least 15 years.

"We're estimating right now that approximately 70 percent of our project will be state rideable, so if districts are eligible for that type of state aid, they will be able to get reimbursement on their share," Davey said.

CVES says most districts and superintendents are on board but what do the taxpayers think?

"I am definitely in favor. The cost to the city of Plattsburgh is small compared to what special education can do for the children," said Jelona Fretwell, a Plattsburgh voter.

Davey says if voters say yes, all those projects could be done by the year 2024.

Polls are open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday and we will get you the results as soon as we have them.