Oswego BOE Approves Public Hearing, Special District Vote

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OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City School District Tuesday night took another step toward relocating its administrative offices into a section of one of its elementary schools.

With the Education Center up for sale, district officials plan to relocate their offices into part of Frederick Leighton Elementary School. As part of the move, renovations are also planned for Oswego High School, across the street from Leighton.

The district received authorization from the voters in 2009 to establish and fund a capital reserve fund.

The board now desires to obtain approval from the voters to appropriate money from that fund for specific purposes to be authorized by the voters (the renovations to FLS and OHS).

To that end Tuesday night, the board approved a special district meeting (vote) on Jan. 10, 2017, at the district’s designated polling places (Elim Grace Church, St. Paul’s Church, Oswego Town Hall, and the Scriba Fire Station) – at which time the polls shall be open from noon to 9 p.m.

There will be two propositions to consider.

The first: Shall the board of education be authorized to appropriate funds from the district’s capital reserve fund in the maximum amount of $750,000 and to expend those funds on the following purposes – renovations at Oswego High School and renovations at the Frederick Leighton Elementary School.

The second proposition is: Shall the board of education be authorized to sell for the highest offer, in accordance with the board’s fiduciary duty to obtain the best possible price, the district’s interest in one unneeded building and parcel of real property located at 120 E. First St., Oswego, (the Education Center), at a price for said parcel to be approved by the board and upon such other terms and conditions as the board may require including the right to reject all offers.

The district will hold a public hearing at the Education Center on Jan. 3 (time TBA) at which time the propositions will be explained. Questions and comments from the public will be entertained by the board and district administration.

The district’s board of registration shall meet for the purpose of registering qualified voters, pursuant to education law, at the Board of Elections, 185 E. Seneca St., on Dec. 20 and 21 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Anyone shall be entitled to have their name paced on the register provided as long as they are eligible to vote in the district.