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Voters to decide on capital improvement project Dec. 18

on December 6, 2019

Voters of the Warwick Valley Central School District will decide on a proposed $14.9 million capital improvement project on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

The proposal carries no additional tax burden for residents and would fund high-need projects prioritized by the Board of Education, including infrastructure improvements at three of the District’s schools, the renovation of the High School auditorium and the modernization of athletic facilities.

The proposal carries no additional tax burden for residents and would fund high-need projects prioritized by the Board of Education, including infrastructure improvements at three of the District’s schools, the renovation of the High School auditorium and the modernization of athletic facilities.

No tax increase associated with $14.9 million proposal

From the early stages of research and planning for the proposed capital project, the Board of Education and district leaders were committed to preventing any additional tax burden on residents.

If approved, district officials estimate that 63.8 percent, or $9.5 million, of the project would be funded by state building aid which was established to encourage communities to maintain their schools. To pay for the remaining 36.2 percent, or $5.4 million, of the proposed project, the District would use funds set aside in its capital reserve.

“This building proposal represents months of rigorous deliberation by our Board of Education and facilities committee, as well as ongoing feedback from parents, students and staff,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Leach. “As school leaders and educators, we are pleased to propose a plan that is visionary for our students and community, and mindful of our taxpayers.”

Group of track athletes holding their 2019 NYPSSAA championship posters.

Project overview

The proposed capital improvement work would address three major areas of need:

  • Infrastructure projects at Park Avenue and Sanfordville Elementary schools and the High School. The proposed improvements were identified as high priority by the facilities committee of the Board of Education and deliberated with district leaders and architects.
  • Renovation of the Warwick Valley High School auditorium.
  • Modernization of two athletic facilities, including the replacement of two grass fields with multi-sport turf fields at the Sanfordville.
  • Elementary and High School campuses, installation of accessible outdoor restrooms at both locations, and replacement of the High School track.

“Our Board members’ measured consideration of our building needs and our desire to amplify student opportunities was supported by the
feedback of many community members who offered their unique perspectives to district leaders,” said Board President Sharon Davis.

If approved by voters, the proposed work would begin in the fall of 2020.

Referendum at a Glance

  • Proposed project total: $14,900,000
  • Impact on local property tax: $0
  • Portion paid by state: 63.8% or $9.5 million
  • Portion paid by capital reserve funds: 36.2% or $5.4 million

Voters of the Warwick Valley Central School District will go to the polls on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. to decide on a $14.9 million capital project proposal.

Complete Capital Project proposal information

Detailed information on the proposed projects and costs will be mailed to residents in the form of a newsletter on December 10. The same information is currently available on the District’s website: 2019-20 Capital Project Proposal

Four students and an adult pose for a photo during the Homecoming parade. They are all wearing the district colors and logos

Voter and polling information

Voter registration

Residents can register at the District Office any school day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Wednesday, Dec. 11. No appointment is necessary. Not sure if you are registered? Select this link: Am I registered?

Voter eligibility

You are eligible to vote if you are a U.S. citizen, 18-years old or older, and have been a district resident for at least 30 days prior to the vote date. You must also be registered with either the Orange County Board of Elections or the Warwick Valley Central School District.

Absentee ballots

Absentee ballots are available for voters who are unable to vote in person due to illness, physical disability, hospitalization or travel. Applications are required to receive a ballot.

To request your ballot application, contact the District Clerk, Susan Laroe at slaroe@wvcsd.org or 845-987-3000, ext. 10511. If you want your ballot mailed to you, your application must be received by Wednesday, Dec. 11. If you plan to pick up an application and ballot in person you may do so until Tuesday, Dec. 17. Only the voter can personally pick up a ballot. Absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Polling locations

Election District 1
Pine Island Fire Department

Election District 2
Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center (Middle School addition)

Election District 3
Kings Elementary School Building

Not sure where to vote? Go to the online Poll Location Finder or consult this alphabetized street listing. For additional information, contact Jen Bengel, Elections Coordinator: jbengel@wvcsd.org / 845-987-3000 ext. 10530.

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