Project Overview

Phase II of Health/Safety/Security Enhancements and Addressing Outdated Building Conditions

Vote on Tuesday, December 4th 

from 8 AM - 8 PM at the
Ellenville High School Media Center

See the proposed work

Overview

In 2014, the Board initiated the first step in a strategic approach to updating facilities by developing a tax neutral project to address the most critical updates. This was the District’s first capital project in more than 20 years and it was funded by State Aid and the retirement of old debt so it was tax neutral to our taxpayers. This work has been successfully completed and the Board has now proposed Phase II, a $28.7 Million project designed to enhance health/safety/security in our buildings, support student programs, and address the highest priority infrastructure updates that have been identified in the state-mandated Building Condition Survey (which is an extensive facilities review conducted every five years by professional architects and engineers).

On December 4, the District is asking the community for permission to borrow funds to update facilities. State Aid is anticipated to cover approximately 55 percent of the costs. Based on today’s equalization and apportionment calculations, it is anticipated that the resulting tax increase would be approximately $10 per month per $100,000 of assessed value. The increase would be phased in over two years, with the first increase of approximately $5 per month expected in 2020. Payments would continue for 15 years.

The project includes:

  • Several enhancements to improve safety and security, including a redesign of building entrances to provide a secure area for visitors to be screened before being granted access to the school. Many exterior and interior doors (several that are original to the building) will be replaced to create a more secure environment. Windows (some single pane and original to the building) will be replaced and some have been identified for further security enhancements.
  • Addresses antiquated, inefficient infrastructure, including the replacement of failing, outdated systems and structures. The remaining portion of the roofs will be replaced, plumbing and sanitary systems will be upgraded, electrical systems will be improved, masonry will be repointed to prevent rain and moisture damage, and crumbling sidewalks and driveways will be replaced. Fire code and ADA (Americans with Disabilities) upgrades are also planned. Other infrastructure upgrades are also slated, and a general list of the Scope of Work is available on the website.
  • Supports the modernization of the Elementary School and High School libraries and the expansion of the undersized Elementary School cafeteria. The cramped High School Television/Radio Studio will be expanded, and the athletic fields, including the dilapidated press box and concession stand, will be upgraded. A new footbridge over the creek will be constructed to connect the District’s main athletic fields with the Liepold Fields.

The work that is proposed was identified by outside architects and engineers and includes updates to systems that have reached the end of their life expectancy. Addressing these items now protects against more serious and costly system failures, cost escalations due to inflation, and ensures the continuing safe operation of buildings.

New York State recognizes that large-scale projects are fiscally unrealistic to complete in the annual operating budget and allows bonding of the cost to allow repayment to occur over time. By seeking voter approval, the project also qualifies for New York State Building Aid to offset a portion of the local cost. The proposed work qualifies for approximately 55 percent State Building Aid reimbursement and repayment can be done over a 15-year period. Based on today’s equalization and apportionment calculations, the resulting tax increase would be approximately $10 per month per $100,000 of assessed value. The increase would be phased in over two years, with the first increase of approximately $5 per month expected in 2020.

View a list of the proposed work