M-W residents to vote on proposed $8.4 million capital project on Oct. 23

on October 18, 2018

Project includes significant upgrades to athletic facilities and maintenance of HS cooling system at ZERO tax impact

Please visit the Capital Improvement Project page on the district website for more information. If you have questions, please email them to communications@mw.k12.ny.us. The district will maintain a Q&A page and will keep it updated as questions are received. Video excerpts from the recent Crusader Chat are also posted.

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, Monroe-Woodbury residents will be asked to vote on a proposed $8.4 million capital improvement project. There would be no increase in taxes resulting from the proposal, which includes maintenance of the high school cooling system, installation of multi-purpose artificial turf fields and replacement of the running track. Funding for the project would come from a combination of sources, including money from the district’s capital reserve fund (savings account) and limited borrowing, which would be offset by state building aid. 

The aging high school cooling system was identified as a priority in the state mandated Building Condition Survey and by the Board of Education Facilities Committee. The new system would be energy efficient, eliminate temperature inconsistencies throughout the building and ultimately result in cost savings for the district.

The proposed project also includes substantial upgrades to the district’s athletic facilities, including replacement of grass fields and the installation of a regulation, 8-lane running track. The addition of modified teams and the loss of a field in front of Central Valley Elementary due the Route 17/32 interchange project propelled this project to the forefront.

Specifically, grass athletic field #3 (see diagram) would be replaced with a multi-purpose artificial turf field and would be striped and sized for lacrosse, soccer and football. New energy efficient lights would be installed. The deteriorating six-lane track would be replaced with a regulation eight-lane track that includes steeplechase and other jumping eventAn architectural drawing of the proposed capital improvement project. facilities.

Grass athletic field #12 (see diagram) would be replaced with a multi-purpose artificial turf field and would be striped and sized for baseball, lacrosse, soccer and softball. Energy efficient lighting would be installed. The varsity softball field home field would be upgraded and relocated.

The replacement of grass fields with artificial turf is expected to result in decreased maintenance expenses due to the higher cost of maintaining grass fields for team and community use.

“Based on our research, we have identified the high school cooling system and athletic facilities as top priorities. There is a laundry list of items that the district will need to address in the not-so-distant future, but these two projects present pressing problems that need to be resolved now. There is more work to be done on the district’s facilities, and we will continue to address them,” said Patrick Cahill, assistant superintendent for business and management services.

The proposed $8.4 million project would be funded through a variety of sources, including money from the district’s capital reserve fund (savings) and building aid. The district will borrow $4 million and the remaining $4.4 million will be contributed from the capital reserve fund, which includes:

  • $1.5 million from the NYS Department of Transportation for loss of 1.9 acres as a result of the Route 17/32 construction project
  • $1 million one-time state aid from Assemblyman James Skoufis and the NYS Assembly as a result of school boundary alteration
  • $1.9 million from the capital reserve fund (savings)

The entire project is eligible for state aid. State aid paid to the district will cover approximately 70 percent of the total project cost, or $5.8 million. With voter approval, the district would be able to proceed with the project at zero percent tax impact to Monroe-Woodbury residents because state aid reimbursement would exceed the cost of borrowing.

“As a district, we always put the needs of our students first. Sometimes that means doing things that are behind the scenes, like replacing a cooling system. Sometimes we actually get to propose things that will have a ripple effect throughout the district – like creating high quality athletic facilities that will be available to our students in physical education classes, community teams and groups, as well as our own athletic teams. In the end, we make decisions that benefit our students and are fiscally responsible for district taxpayers. This proposed project is both,” said Elsie Rodriguez, superintendent of schools.

The capital improvement project vote will take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. at Central Valley Elementary School, 45 Route 32, Central Valley, NY.

Please visit the Capital Improvement Project page on the district website for more information. If you have questions, please email them to communications@mw.k12.ny.us. The district will maintain a Q&A section on the website and will keep it updated as questions are received.

If you are a member of a local community group or organization and you would like a district representative to attend an upcoming meeting, please email your request to communications@mw.k12.ny.us and we will follow up with you promptly.

Residents who would like to register to vote, obtain an application for an absentee ballot or have questions related to the vote may call Donna Vitucci, acting district clerk, at 845-460-6200, ext. 6203.