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Residents to vote on $36.9 million buildings upgrade proposal on February 7 
--PUBLIC FORUM: Thursday, January 12, 6:30 p.m., Middle School Auditorium

On Thursday, December 1, the Board of Education approved a $36.9 million building project that will go before voters of the Minisink Valley Central School District on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. The proposal carries no projected tax increase.

School officials are responsible for maintaining district buildings and ensuring they continue to meet the needs of students and the community. Construction referendums allow districts to receive state building aid to help fund the cost of needed building upgrades.

The proposed capital project addresses three major areas of need: 

  • The construction of a new high school cafeteria to better accommodate student and building needs, and the repurposing of the existing, outdated cafeteria/kitchen to create new instructional space for programs that reflect 21st century college and career pathways.
  • Construction of a new sewer treatment plant to replace the existing plant, which is approaching the end of its useful life. The new plant would have dual capacity to allow for regular maintenance to the system and avoid disruption to school operations on the main campus.
  • Infrastructure, maintenance and system-replacement needs in all school buildings, as identified by a state-mandated building condition survey conducted in the 2015-16 school year.

Of the $36.9 million project, $5,000,000 would be funded from the district’s newly established capital reserve fund. The remaining funds would be provided by the sale of bonds. Minisink Valley is eligible to receive approximately 75 percent reimbursement from the state on allowable expenditures. In addition, the district will be retiring debt associated with three previous capital projects. Through the combined use of capital reserve funds, the retirement of existing debt, and allowable state building aid, the district estimates that the proposed project will not result in a tax increase for homeowners.

“This proposal looks beyond safety-based, mandated repairs and upgrades. It is a long-term approach designed to maintain and enhance our school facilities while protecting the community’s investment in our district,” Superintendent Brian C. Monahan said. “This project would benefit the entire school community by integrating long-term cost-saving efficiencies, expanding learning opportunities for Minisink students, and addressing the district’s health and safety needs. Through it all, we have been committed to conservative fiscal planning to continue the district’s strong financial position and our responsibility to taxpayers.”