Facilities Committee continues discussions on the school district’s $13.8 million capital project

Warwick. Next week, the committee will set a proposed date for a referendum vote on repairs and renovations to the district’s four school buildings.

| 27 Sep 2021 | 01:19

    The Warwick Valley School District’s Facilities Committee discussed projects it is considering for a $13.8 million capital project at its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 23.

    The capital project is expected to include repairs and renovations to the High School, Middle School, Park Avenue Elementary and Sanfordville Elementary.

    The committee will meet again on Tuesday, Oct. 5, to determine a scope and set a proposed date for a referendum vote by the community. The proposed date would be placed before the Board of Education on Thursday, Oct. 7, for consideration.

    How it will be funded

    The project would come at no additional cost to taxpayers. The district would utilize the $5 million of capital reserve funds plus the expected 63.8% state aid in the amount of $8,812,154.

    The combined funds provide a total spending power of $13,812,154 and eliminate any tax burden from the project.

    What is being considered

    Proposed infrastructure projects that are being considered include:

    · Installing new windows in Park Elementary to replace failing windows that are at least 30 years old;

    · Replacing the entire roof on Sanfordville Elementary;

    · Constructing outdoor bathrooms at Sanfordville, the Middle School and the High School to complement new outdoor classrooms the district is adding from federal stimulus funding as well as providing facilities for athletes and spectators near fields and the stadium;

    · Replacing unit ventilators at the Middle School;

    · Replacing the foam portions of the roof at the High School with a rubber roof;

    · Widening of the natural grass football field from 160 feet to 185 feet to create a multi-use field that will accommodate football, soccer and lacrosse games; and

    · Replacing the running track, which was built in 1987, and expanding it from six lanes to eight lanes.