Croton-Harmon to Conduct Capital Reserve Vote January 23
This vote will fund over 20 different projects at CET, PVC, CHHS and Spencer Field. These projects will improve safety and security in our school buildings, upgrade facilities, and enhance instruction.
To ensure everyone understands, these projects will be funded out of $4 million which has already been set aside for capital improvements in voter-approved reserve funds, and will not raise taxes. The security projects are intended to improve the physical security of the buildings. They will not affect the interaction between students, faculty, staff and parents.
We know that some of you may be hearing rumors of vast changes and large impacts to the way things operate at our schools. We would like you to know that these projects will take place in a way that respects the culture and ethos of the Croton-Harmon school district, and of each school. If you have any questions or concerns about these projects, please call the district office at 271-4713 or contact a member of your School Board (BOE@chufsd.org).
The vote will take place at the Croton-Harmon High School gymnasium between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Here is a listing of the most significant projects:
Safety and Security Improvements at all Schools :
• Vestibule reconfiguration to improve security while maintaining ease of access for students, parents, faculty and staff.
• Computer network and public address system upgrades for better reliability in emergencies.
• Improve interior door hardware to make it easier for teachers to secure their classrooms in the event of a lockdown or other emergency.
• Improvements in exterior lighting.
Projects at Various Schools/Facilities:
• Create a student TV production studio to foster media skills and community involvement (CHHS).
• Auditorium backstage area renovation to better support our theater programs (CHHS).
• Move Buildings and Grounds Department equipment into a separate building, away from CET.
• Spencer Field drainage repairs to ensure that our recently renovated field stays in good repair.
• Plumbing and restroom upgrades (PVC and CHHS).
• HVAC system upgrades (CET and CHHS).
The projects are eligible for state building aid, which can offset the cost by as much as 21 percent. Since voters approved the creation of a capital reserve, the district has been able to complete approximately $7 million in building improvements, such as roof replacements and bus loop reconfigurations, without creating new taxes, saving about $1.5 million in interest costs that would otherwise be incurred had these projects been financed through bonding.