Pontiac Schools Eagerly Await Money From 1 Percent Tax

Published 03/17 2014 06:24PM

Updated 03/17 2014 06:56PM

FAIRBURY - As voters in multiple counties weigh the merits of a 1 percent sales tax for their school districts, one county that’s already passed the measure is showing it’s not a quick fix.

Livingston County passed the resolution last year, and will receive their first payouts next month, and for schools like Westview Elementary, it can't get here soon enough.

Brenda Underwood has been teaching music in the Prairie Central School District for 21 years, but for the last several months, she's been dealing with a leaky roof in her classroom.

"We are getting several and not just little spots. Tiles started coming through. We have 13 or 14 actual leaks in the room." Underwood

It's one of the reasons she's grateful the one percent sales tax passed in the county last year.

"My materials are now on a cart, anything electronic. so I can get them out of the room quickly." Underwood

Superintendent Dr. John Capasso says the county started collecting the tax in January, and by April, they'll get to finally see that money fix problems, like that leaky roof and a 50 year old boiler that needs to be replaced.

"It's getting increasingly worse and it's interrupting class and interrupts the educational process." Capasso
Once that money comes in, another priority is beefing up security at the schools. Westview Elementary has one security camera, installed two years ago. Just last year, they added a buzzer system at the entry way.

"We've got plumbing problems, roof problems. It's a safety issue and any time, you're dealing with kids and staff, safety should be your first priority." Capasso

And for teachers like Underwood, the classroom will be back to normal again.

"To have my room fixed, I'd have a third of my classroom that I usually use for space back." Underwood.

Pontiac District 429 officials say they have millions of dollars in projects to improve security and safety at four of their buildings

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