Kingston officials OK moving forward on school work despite lower state aid

KINGSTON, N.Y. — District trustees have decided it will be cost-effective to forego $1.4 million in state aid to move forward with the second phase of the $137.5 million high school project.

Approval was given by unanimous vote of trustees present Wednesday during a Board of Education meeting. Trustees Robin Jacobowitz and Danielle Guido were absent.

“The state Education Department has informed us if we move forward now…we would lose out on (a portion of) in aidable construction,” Superintendent Paul Padalino said.

Following the meeting, Padalino said about $2.3 million in construction costs would not be eligible for $1.4 million in state aid. He said the figures were derived from having about $24 million remaining in the construction budget to renovate and upgrade the original high school building. He noted that most of the $24 million in remaining work will be covered by the same aid rate of 60 percent used for the project’s first phase.

Daily Freeman

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