Harpursville School District residents vote on capital improvements, Feb 12th



Harpursville, NY – Harpursville Central School District residents will be voting on a proposed $10.65 million capital improvement project and a transportation vehicles referendum on Tuesday, February 12 from 1:30pm-8:00pm at W.A. Olmsted Elementary School. According to the District, the propositions are necessary to continue to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for the students and staff, and to maintain their transportation fleet to ensure the safe transport of students to school, out-of-district academic sites, athletic events, and special activities and field trips. 

The capital project will address a wide variety of infrastructure needs – safety, security, and maintenance items – to ensure critical components in the buildings are updated. Some of the high priority needs pinpointed to maintain safe and secure learning environments and a community resource for students and families include: 
•    Security Upgrades (Districtwide)
•    Improvements to Ventilation and Airflow for Students (Districtwide)
•    Select Roof Replacements (Districtwide)
•    Improve Parent Drop-Off/Pick-Up (W.A.O. Elementary)
•    Auditorium Renovations – including Air Conditioning (Jr/Sr High)
•    Gymnasium Renovations (Jr/Sr High)
•    Replace Septic Tank (Jr/Sr High)

For the capital improvement project, New York State Building Aid will cover 93% of the project. The District will utilize its capital reserve fund and Smart Schools Bond Act funds to help offset the local share of a capital project. The maximum annual impact to the tax levy for a home assessed at $100,000 would be about $18.50 per year (just about $1.54 per month).

The second proposition is to purchase 3 full-size buses and 2 minivans. In compliance with New York State Department of Transportation recommendations, the District regularly removes older school buses from service and replaces them with new buses. New York State Transportation Aid will cover about 90% of the costs.

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