The Latest on the Bond from the Board of Ed.
Your guide to the Hastings-on-Hudson School District Special Election Bond Referendum
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Capital Bond Vote: Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7am–9pm, Cochran Gym, HHS
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The Proposition in Plain English:
Will you allow the District to spend up to $18.38 million to make repairs and upgrades to the buildings, and add classrooms and a flexible multi-use space at Hillside?
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Some recent Questions from the Community:
WHY IS THE DISTRICT RECOMMENDING AN ADDITION AT HILLSIDE?
The District is currently experiencing a lack of needed space at Hillside. With the growth of programs and additional support staff at Hillside we are maxed out on classroom space. As we project our enrollment for the next five years we see a trend of consistent growth. In order to keep class size at the community’s expectations we see a potential need to add classroom space at Hillside to ensure the ability to support small class sizes as well as grow special education programs as needed.
WHY DIDN’T THE BOARD BREAK UP THE BOND INTO A TWO-PART VOTE: REQUIRED MAINTENANCE AND ADDITIONS/RENOVATIONS?
Two-part votes are often useful to break up items that are perceived as essential vs. non-essential. The premise of the above question implies there was a way to break up this bond along those lines.
Several items that we could have broken into separate votes have already been cut from the bond. Early in the bond consideration process we reduced the list of items to $25M. Through community feedback we heard concerns about this size. The BOE took a closer look at all items to determine what could be cut or pushed off and we removed $6.7M. For example, we removed parking lot renovations and full-replacement of energy inefficient windows at Hillside. For the latter, we agreed we’d replace them slowly over time in the years to come. At the High School we removed locker room renovations. We agreed we’d figure out how to get those done in other ways at a later date as it didn’t directly impact learning or programs.
If we don’t add space at Hillside we may have to cut programs or add trailers. Each of these decisions will have costs of their own.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE REFERENDUM DOESN’T PASS?
We will be conducting an exit poll on Feb. 28 to better understand next steps, including potentially putting forth a revised bond. At a bare minimum, if the current referendum does not pass it will push work off by a full year, to the summer of 2021 (provided we’re able to pass a different bond). The reason we chose the Feb. 28, 2019 vote date was because it’s the latest timeframe within which to get New York State approvals so that we could get into contractor bidding cycles so that work could start in the summer of 2020.
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Quick Links & Videos:
• Capital Bond Referendum to be voted on by the Community on February 28, 2019
• Community Bond Informations Sessions
2019 Capital Bond Overview Being Considered
FAQs on the Capital Bond January 25, 2019
H2M Architect Presentation on Recommended Facility Upgrades August 27, 2018