Warwick Valley’s $14.9 million capital improvement and turf fields referendum vote is Dec. 18

Warwick. School officials say the proposal will have no tax impact to residents.

| 06 Dec 2019 | 02:18

    Warwick Valley School District voters will be deciding on a proposed $14.9 million capital improvement project on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

    Officials said the proposal carries no additional tax burden for residents and would fund high-need projects prioritized by the Board of Education, including infrastructure improvements at three of the district’s schools, the renovation of the high school auditorium and the modernization of athletic facilities.

    Funding sources

    If approved, district officials estimate that 63.8 percent, or $9.5 million, of the project would be funded by state building aid which was established to encourage communities to maintain their schools.

    To pay for the remaining 36.2 percent, or $5.4 million, of the proposed project, the district would use funds set aside in its capital reserve.

    “This building proposal represents months of rigorous deliberation by our Board of Education and facilities committee, as well as ongoing feedback from parents, students and staff,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Leach. “As school leaders and educators, we are pleased to propose a plan that is visionary for our students and community and mindful of our taxpayers.”

    What would be done

    Officials said the proposed capital improvement work would address three major areas of need:

    - Infrastructure projects at Park Avenue and Sanfordville elementary schools and the high school. The proposed improvements were identified as high priority by the facilities committee of the Board of Education and discussed with district leaders and architects.

    - Renovation of the Warwick Valley High School auditorium.

    - Modernization of two athletic facilities, including the replacement of two grass fields with multi-sport turf fields at the Sanfordville.

    - Elementary and high school campuses, installation of accessible outdoor restrooms at both locations, and replacement of the high school track.

    “Our board members’ measured consideration of our building needs and our desire to amplify student opportunities was supported by the feedback of many community members who offered their unique perspectives to district leaders,” added Board President Sharon Davis.

    If approved, the proposed work would begin in the fall of 2020.


    A newsletter was mailed to voters the week of Dec. 3, providing detailed information on the vote. The same information is available on the district’s website: www.warwickvalleyschools.com

    Editor's note: An extended discussion about the proposed turf fields took place at Monday's Warwick Valley School Board. Read reporter Abby Wolf's report online at warwickadvertiser.com.

    Referendum at a glance
    Proposed project total: $14.9 million
    Impact on local property tax: $0
    Portion paid by state: 63.8 percent or $9.5 million
    Portion paid by capital reserve funds: 36.2 percent or $5.4 million
    Voters will go to the polls on Wed. , Dec. 18, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at these polling locations:
    · Election District 1 Pine Island Fire Department
    · Election District 2 Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center (Middle School addition)
    · Election District 3 Kings Elementary School Building
    Behind the numbers
    Proposed project work and costs (information from WVSD website and mailer):
    Infrastructure projects at elementary schools and high school
    Sections of the High School’s foam roof have blistered due to leakage. They would be replaced by built-up roofing;
    High School auditorium renovation — $1,780,000
    High School roof — $1,425,000
    High School AC/chiller replacements (two) — $579,000
    Sanfordville boiler replacement — $326,000
    Sanfordville AC/chiller replacement — $439,000
    Park Avenue window replacements — $973,000
    Park Avenue media center renovation — $90,000
    Total cost of infrastructure projects — $5,612,000
    Modernization of athletic facilities
    A. High School track and field
    C.A. Morgan Football Field: Replacement of natural grass field (within track) with a multi-sport artificial turf field lined for football, soccer and lacrosse — $4,495,875
    Replacement of the existing 6-lane track (built in 1987) with an 8-lane track — $812,884
    Installment of steeplechase, pole vault, triple jump, and high jump facilities — $543,585
    Installment of additional lighting — $177,442
    Installment of accessible outdoor restrooms — $730,000
    New scoreboard — $71,214
    Total cost of High School athletic projects — $6,831,000
    B. Sanfordville field
    Replacement of natural grass field (lower field) with a multi-sport artificial turf field lined for soccer, lacrosse and softball — $1,353,786
    Installment of accessible outdoor restrooms — $439,000
    Upgrading field lighting to LED — $593,000
    New scoreboard — $71,214
    Total cost of Sanfordville’s athletic projects — $2,457,000
    Total capital project costs — $14,900,000