The Valley Central Board of Education (BOE) is proposing a School Building Improvement Proposition for a construction bond referred to as the Traffic, Safety and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Bond or the TSS Project.
The BOE has discussed this bond for the last two years after the District lobbied Senator Larkin to address the safety concerns on 17K in front of the VCHS/VCMS complex when Dollar General was built. As discussions progressed, the BOE settled on addressing the traffic flow at the VCHS/VCMS complex that will complement the DOT installation of a traffic light addressing internal traffic concerns at the complex. Traffic issues at Montgomery Elementary School will also be addressed separating student and vehicular traffic.
Safety and obsolete electrical systems at the four elementary schools and air quality issues in the pool complex and Middle School were identified and will be encapsulated by this bond. Lastly, the BOE wanted classrooms built that will address the emerging STEAM curriculum. A flexible use STEAM classroom at VCHS that will include a greenhouse structure is included in the bond. That building will also include a concession stand and outside bathroom facilities for the athletic stadium and fields. This spring, when the BOE was in its final stages of the development of this bond, an opportunity to acquire property adjacent to VCMS presented itself and is also part of this bond that all Valley Central School District residents are asked to carefully consider and vote on the proposition August 20th.
Overview of the Traffic, Safety and STEAM Bond Project
- VCHS / VCMS - Traffic Flow
- Montgomery Elementary School - Traffic Flow
- Modify the parent drop-off zone at Montgomery to separate student and vehicle traffic
- Smoke Detection at East Coldenham and Walden
- ADA Upgrades - VCHS Auditorium
- Pool Dehumidification System for increased air quality
- Fire Alarm Wiring, Emergency Exit Lighting, Replacement of obsolete electrical panels at four elementary schools
- MS Cafetorium Cooling System
- STEAM Classroom at the High School - 2,900 sq.ft Makerspace with a Greenhouse
Toilet Facilities for athletic complex, a concession stand that meets health and safety requirements, Acquisition of property and facility adjacent to VCMS for 100 additional parking spaces and future district use
For more information, visit www.vcsd.k12.ny.us
“By far, the issue that residents of this district have discussed with me the most since I became Superintendent is the need to do something to fix the traffic situation at the Middle School and High School.”
A hot topic at the Viking Curriculum for Excellence meetings held over the past school year was STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Curriculum. This curriculum focuses on the 21st skills of creativity, collaboration and innovation with a hands-on project focus. The proposed STEAM Building at the HS will allow for a large (2900 sq. foot) flexible space classroom that can be used by all curriculum areas to expand their curriculums to include STEAM experiences for our students.
The plan also includes a Greenhouse which will be a living, breathing classroom where students can work on various levels which will allow the district to expand elective choices for the students.
This building will be attached to the high school building near the athletic fields. This will allow for the inclusion of a concession stand that meets health and safety standards. Outside toilet facilities will also be part of this building and will serve the athletic complex which hosts many events throughout the school year.
Air Quality Issues
Installing a cooling system in the VCMS Cafetorium will establish the 2nd largest space in the district as a cooling center.
Pool Dehumidification System
Our Pool is a great district asset. The air quality system in the pool is inefficient and the humidification in that space is putting equipment at risk for decay.
What will this project cost?
The total cost of the project as proposed will be $22.7 Million. Ninety percent of the work is subject to building aid at a ratio of 73.1% which roughly translates to the local taxpayer paying about 34 cents for every dollar for the cost of the project.
Borrowing will be done in phases, beginning with BANS so that the District is financing for the least impact on the taxpayer.
The debt will be bonded when the market conditions are financially appropriate. The overall average tax impact is 0.45% per year on the tax levy because of retiring debt.
The TSS Project Bond will have a life of 15 years. The first payment on the bond will not be due until 2021.
If your annual school tax bill is: Average Annual Impact Average Monthly Cost
$2,000 $92 $7.67
$4,000 $180 $15.00
$6,000 $270 $22.50
For every dollar spent on the TSS Project, the local taxpayer will pay about 34¢.
How many accidents have there been at the HS/MS Exit- Dollar General Entrance since August 2015 (when it opened)?
Source: Town of Montgomery Police
VOTE August 20, 2019
6:00 AM to 9:00 PM at VCHS For information call 457-2400, Ext. 18123
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm Administration Building
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:00PM to 7:00PM Administration Building
Available at Administration Building, Online (vcsd.k12.ny.us) or call 845-457-2400x18123
US Citizen, 18 Years old as of August 20, 2019 District Resident for 30 days and registered to vote with District and/or County Board of Elections
Shall the Board of Education of the Valley Central School District (the “District”) be authorized to reconstruct, improve, rehabilitate, repair, renovate, furnish and equip Berea Elementary School, East Coldenham Elementary School, Montgomery Elementary School, Walden Elementary School, Valley Central Middle School and Valley Central High School, including site work, and to acquire an approximately 1.6 acre parcel of land and the building thereon adjacent to the Middle School and High School, at a total estimated maximum cost not to exceed $22,700,000 or so much as may be necessary, and obtain the necessary funds by the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of the District to be collected in annual installments in the years and in the amounts as the Board of Education shall determine in accordance with Section 416 of the Education Law, and in anticipation of such tax shall the District be authorized to issue up to $22,700,000 of obligations of the District?