Florida School District voters approve $7.9 million capital improvement project

Money will fund building repairs, upgrade alarm systems and restore athletic fields among a host of projects

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— By a tally of 187 to 112, voters in the Florida School District approved a $7,985,804 capital improvement project this week that will fund building repairs, enhance learning spaces and make Golden Hill Elementary and S.S. Seward Institute safer and more secure.

Security vestibules, designed to control and monitor visitors, are included for the entrances of both Golden Hill and S.S. Seward. Door locks throughout the district will be replaced with high security locks and several interior and exterior doors will be replaced.

The alarm systems at both schools will also be upgraded.

The money also will fund S.S. Seward library and locker room renovations; the restoration of the Alex F. Paul athletic fields at Golden Hill; parking lot paving; and air conditioning in school cafetoriums.

A taxpayer with STAR and a home assessed at $200,000 will see an $11 annual increase in property taxes. The tax impact is lower — $8 per year — for those with Senior STAR. Taxpayers will see the increase for five years, then the tax impact will fall below current rates as the district retires existing debt.

AllocationThe capital project will address safety and security, infrastructure, and instructional spaces at the district’s three buildings. About $3.9 million in work would be done to each of the district’s two school buildings, Golden Hill Elementary and S.S. Seward. Here’s how the spending is allocated:

• Golden Hill Elementary: $3,942,500

• S.S. Seward Memorial Building: $141,000

• S.S. Seward Institute: $3,902,304

FundingThe money would come from three sources:

• New York State Building Aid: 66.1 percent ($5.2 million)

• Capital Reserves: $2 million

• Local share : $785,804

Most of the work will be scheduled during the summers of 2020 and 2021 to minimize disruption to classes. The work is expected to be completed by fall 2021.

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