A Capital Project Will Be Part of the School Budget Vote on May 18th

The Board of Education is putting forward a Capital Project proposal for the community to vote on with the regular School Budget on May 18, 2021. There is a presentation on the scope of the proposal which is available on the Budget page of our website: https://www.vcsd.k12.ny.us/budget/  

 

There will be three propositions for the voters to consider in May:

  1. Proposition 1: The 2021-2022 School Budget
  2. Proposition 2: Renovation and Reconstruction of High School and Middle School Facilities
  3. Proposition 3:  Construction of High School Restroom Building  

 

Proposition 2 contains the following:

  • Redesign the entrance/exit and parking areas at the Valley Central Middle School/High School complex. The upcoming NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) project to install traffic lights and turn lanes on 17K will eliminate the High School main entrance. 
  • Reconfiguration of the bus lane and parent drop off lane to create a safer environment for students being dropped off and picked up and improve the traffic flow 
  • A redesigned parent/visitor parking lot and improvement of the east parking lot at the HS to include resurfacing and installation of parking lot lighting for safety 
  • Improvements to the pool dehumidification system 
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades to the high school auditorium 
  • The maximum cost for Proposition 2 will not exceed $13.63 Million. Reserve funds of $125,000 will be applied to this project. 

 

Proposition 3 contains the following:

  • Construction of a restroom facility for large events near the stadium and outdoor fields Currently, the District rents portable restrooms which are not sufficient to accommodate large outdoor events
    • The proposed restrooms would replace a storage shed and utilize existing utility lines to maximize cost savings
  • The maximum cost for Proposition 3 will not exceed $656,812. Reserve funds of $200,000 will be applied to this project. 

 

Proposition 3 can only be enacted if it passes AND Proposition 2 also passes.

 

The total maximum cost for both propositions is $14,286,812. Currently the District receives 75.6% building aid on eligible project expenses. $325,000 is being applied from the District’s Capital Reserve to reduce the tax impact. 

 

A webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 27th at 6:30 pm.  It will be a Capital Project Vote Review with Questions and Answers that will be fielded using a Google Form prior to the webinar and the comment section during the webinar.  The webinar will be recorded and available on the website after April 27th. 

 

Superintendent John Xanthis and School Business Official Brad Conklin will also have an on-site Question/Answer session on Monday, May 3rd from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  They will be located near the tennis courts/sheds to meet and speak with any community member about the proposed Capital Project.