BOILER REPLACEMENT PROJECT
The Newfield Central School District has a proud history of providing the best programs and facilities for our children. This success is the result of thoughtful and measured facility improvement programs over the years that have made certain we protect our investments. Sometimes this means replacing items that succumb to normal wear and tear, such as roofs and parking lots. Other projects are program related, such as upgrades to classrooms and technology infrastructure. The key is staying current with the latest program and facilities trends, and taking the best advantage of economic conditions and the availability of state funding (the Newfield District receives 89.5% building aid from the State).
Earlier this year the Board of Education hired an architectural/engineering firm to complete the District’s State-required 5-Year Building Condition Survey. That document will be used to develop a long-range plan to develop a master list of building improvements for the future. In the meantime the Board of Education and School District Administrators have been working with the District’s engineers to address an immediate need – the replacement of the District’s failing boilers.
For a number of years the aging boilers have required extensive repairs to keep operating. In the 2013-14 heating season the district paid over $100,000 in repairs to the boilers. This past heating season two of the three boilers were inoperable for a substantial part of the season. The cost of repairs to the boilers is not covered by State Building Aid, and must be paid for by our District. So, to avoid future costly repairs and to assure that the District is prepared for the next heating season, the Board of Education is presenting a building proposition on May 19th asking voters to approve up to $600,000 to install three new, high efficiency boilers. The proposed improvements as outlined under “Financial Impact," will result in no additional tax impact to our families.
Looking ahead, this urgent boiler replacement project should be considered the first step of a more comprehensive Long Range Building Improvement Plan that will be developed by our Board of Education, District Administrators and District Architects over the next several months. Our Building Condition Survey, which is required by the State to be completed by November of this year, will be used to guide us with the development of that Plan.
The total project cost is $600,000. The District receives 89.5% building aid on eligible building activities from the State of New York. The District will use its Debt Service Fund to offset the local share of the existing debt service, which will result in no additional tax impact for our taxpayers.
PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING
A community-wide presentation is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board of Education Room.
Vote Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Voter Eligibility:
Citizen of U.S.
Voting Times: Noon. to 9:00 p.m. At least 18 years of age
Legal resident at least 30 days prior to vote
Voting Place: Elementary Lower Gymnasium You do not need to be a registered voter
247 Main Street, Newfield, NY 14867
For project related questions please contact
Dr. Cheryl Thomas, Superintendent
Newfield Central School District, 247 Main Street, Newfield.