Capital Project Questions

Why is West Irondequoit holding a Capital Project vote at this time?

The District Facilities Committee meets regularly to review and evaluate our buildings. With the assistance of our architectural firm, Clark Patterson Lee, the committee has planned the Renewal Project. Due to the lengthy NYS Education Department approval and bid process, most of the work will be done during the summer of 2020, two years from now.

What is the total cost of this project?
The total cost of the project is $9,625,382.

How will we fund the project?
The district will use $6,000,000 from our already established Capital Reserve Fund and $3,625,382 will be covered by State Building Aid.

What will be the impact on the taxpayers?
Because the project will be funded through the Capital Reserve Fund and State Building Aid, there will be no increase in the tax rate. The project will not increase your tax bill.

Why can’t the money in the Capital Reserve Fund be used to lower the tax rate?
By law, money in the Capital Reserve Fund can only be used for capital projects. Remember, voters approved establishment of the Capital Reserve Fund in 2016. Voters must approve any expenditures from the fund.

The project includes replacement of playground equipment. Is this necessary?
Playground equipment at our elementary schools was installed primarily between 2002 and 2004 and has reached the end of its lifespan. Recent inspections have identified wear and tear issues such as deteriorated plastic coatings, and some replacement parts are no longer available. New playground equipment will be ADA compliant. Our playgrounds are not only used by our students during recess but by community members.

In light of recent national events, school security is a concern. Do any of the projects address security improvements?
Plans call for a redesigned entryway at Dake Junior High School and replacement of hallway doors at Dake to improve security. We are studying improvements in other buildings, but any work will not be a part of the Renewal Project.

Does the project add additional space to our schools?
The project focuses on renewing and maintaining facilities rather adding new space. An exception is the construction of an athletic equipment storage building to be located to the south of the bleachers at the Gordon Allen Field (turf field).

It seems like every Capital Project includes some roof replacement.
We do own a lot of roofs! The repairs become necessary as roofs age out of warranty and in some cases, begin to leak. (There are leaks in the technology and counseling areas at the high school.) Note that at Iroquois, Rogers and 45 Cooper Road we are replacing a portion of the roof.

Will the work affect the use of our buildings or our educational program?
The majority of the work will occur during the summers. Our past practice is to schedule work so that it has the least amount of impact on students.

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