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YORKSHIRE – Voters in the Pioneer Central School District on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $31 million capital project that will build a 10-classroom science addition at the high school. The margin was 496-148. The new space will meet state requirements for classroom sizes and equipment. The current science classrooms will be renovated for use by the music department, providing separate rehearsal classrooms for orchestra, band and chorus, and more room for instrument storage and practice space.

Four other science classrooms in the high school will be turned into special-education classrooms. An addition to the agriculture barn/center on the high school grounds will house a portable sawmill owned by the department.

The project also will replace primary electric service for the high school and middle school campus, and remove a 500-gallon underground diesel fuel storage tank at the north end of the high school grounds.

The plan also includes renovations to the third floor of Arcade Elementary School, parts of which date back more than 80 years. All third-floor classrooms and restrooms will be gutted and reshaped, and get new ceilings, flooring, lights, ventilating systems, cabinets and paint.