AT A GLANCE
During an October 5, 2020 Board of Education meeting, members voted unanimously to put forth a Capital Project referendum to the community. A special vote on two propositions will be held on December 8, 2020. The Capital Project referendum was originally scheduled to be held in May, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The referendum will have two separate propositions. The first is focused on safety and critical needs listed in the building condition survey. The second includes enhancements to the physical education facilities at the high school and Algonquin Middle School’s Practical and Fine Arts (PFA) wing. The first proposition must pass in order for the second proposition to be considered.
The total referendum will cost $45.5 million with Proposition 1 calling for $32.7 million and Proposition 2 calling for $12.8 million.
Proposition 1 is highlighted by safety and security enhancements at each school building and district-wide addresses important building structural and mechanical needs identified in the district’s Building Condition Survey prepared by our architect as required by the NYS Education Department. This proposition also resolves long-standing issues, such as eliminating the Poestenkill Elementary School trailer as an educational space and enlarging the undersized Miller Hill-Sand Lake Elementary School cafeteria.
Proposition 2 includes a long-awaited modernizing of the 1967-era Practical and Fine Arts (PFA) wing at Algonquin Middle School and the first significant improvement to the Averill Park High School physical education facilities since 1998, including a multi-purpose turf field, a new softball field and the addition of spectator parking in close proximity to the back fields. Proposition 2 is contingent on the approval of Proposition 1, consequently, even if Proposition 2 passes, it cannot be approved if Proposition 1 is not also approved.
For your convenience, estimated tax impacts for Proposition 1, Proposition 2 and the total if both Propositions 1 and 2 are approved for homes with full-values of $150,000, $250,000 and $350,000 are provided below. Please remember that Proposition 2 can only be approved if Proposition 1 is also approved.
Board of Education Meeting - Oct. 5, 2020