Depew Union Free School District Board of Education is proposing a $15.6 million capital project that will consist of two propositions. If approved by voters on Dec. 13, proposition one at $9,226,342 would fund high priority repairs at all buildings that were identified through the Five-Year Building Condition Survey. Proposition one needs to pass before proposition two can be considered. Proposition two at $6,397,842 addresses updates to the athletic fields on the main campus.
Polls will be open on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 from noon to 9 p.m. in the Cayuga Heights Library.
The New York State Education Department requires every school district to conduct a survey of its facilities every five years, in order to identify facility infrastructure and building program needs. The Depew Union Free School District conducted and submitted its Five-Year Building Condition Survey in 2015. The results of this survey are the foundation for the proposed Capital Project.
Upon completion and submittal of the Building Condition Survey, the District-wide Facilities Improvement Team (F.I.T.) was convened and met five times. The team diligently reviewed all of the items from the survey, reviewed current funding streams, identified other items for consideration, prioritized items and considered the design for a Capital Project with two different propositions.
Proposition 1 prioritized items that were identified are as follows: In Depew High School, HVAC improvements, various interior repairs, upgrading sanitary piping, handicapped accessibility improvements, exterior door replacements, roof replacements and a digital monument sign. These upgrades total $3,008,995. In Depew Middle School, HVAC improvements, electrical service upgrades, upgrade security of front Entrance, exterior wall and foundation repairs, exterior stair replacement and roof replacement. These upgrades total $3,473,058. In Cayuga Heights Elementary School, HVAC improvements, exterior walls foundation repairs, roof replacement, public address system replacement and nurses’ office renovations. These upgrades total $2,724,174. Finally, in the Bus Garage, HVAC improvements and exterior wall repairs. These upgrades total $20,115.
Proposition 2, the next major item to be addressed were the athletic fields on the main campus. For many years, the District has been struggling to maintain the noncontiguous piece of property and varsity baseball field known as Dawson Field. In an effort to mitigate this ongoing issue and at the same time upgrade our on-campus athletic fields, a new all turf complex is being proposed. This complex will serve our student athletes participating in baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse. The fields will also have the benefit of lighting. These upgrades total $6,397,842. If this proposal is approved by the public, then the Dawson Field complex may be sold.
Proposition one needs to pass before proposition two can be considered.
These propositions are local tax neutral, as the District will be utilizing its Capital Project Reserves to offset any additional local tax levy obligations, along with leveraging the reduction of long term debt.