The Hastings-on-Hudson school district is continuing its series of community workshops to get public input on a new facilities improvements plan that officials hope to finalize before year’s end.
The next workshop is scheduled at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 in the cafeteria of the Farragut Complex. The workshop will follow a similar format as the one held Dec. 4.
It’s the district’s second attempt this school year to pitch a project acceptable to taxpayers that would cover an overhaul of the Reynolds Field athletics complex as well as repairs at all three district schools.
The workshops follow a failed vote in October on an $8.1 million bond proposal following debate over a synthetic turf field included in the plan.
To accommodate the workshop, the Board of Education meeting scheduled for Jan. 14 has been moved to Jan. 15.
To catch up on the presentation from Dec. 4, go to www.hohschools.org.
And for more information, take a look at my most recent story on the topic, published Nov. 30:
District to unveil repair proposals
HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON — The school district is inviting community input on a new facilities improvements plan that officials hope to finalize before year’s end.
The Hastings Board of Education will hold a community workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the high school to present potential plans and have residents evaluate them.
It’s the district’s second attempt this year to fashion a project, with a price tag acceptable to taxpayers, that would cover an overhaul of the Reynolds Field athletics complex as well as repairs at all three district schools.
In October, voters soundly defeated an $8.1 million bond proposal following debate over a synthetic turf field included in the plan.
Community input from a Nov. 20 board meeting and exit poll data collected by the district during the October vote helped to shape the new proposals the school board will present Wednesday, officials said. Information that comes out of the session will be used to craft the final plan.
“We’d really like to get a feel for where people are and what they see as the pros and cons,” said board President Eileen Baecher.”These are different proposals and I think we need to have the public see them before we try to choose one of them.”
Under the rejected plan, a little more than half the bond, about $4.6 million, was aimed at renovations to the athletics complex, including a new synthetic field and track, refinished tennis courts, a relocated playground and new bleachers.
The rest would have paid for building repairs, such as partial roof replacements, masonry repairs and boiler replacement. Also included was a refurbished auditorium at the high school.
The plan was defeated by more than 500 votes. According to exit polls, a majority of voters supported the building repairs and auditorium renovation but far fewer supported the synthetic turf field.
Any future project would likely use $500,000 from a capital improvements fund and be partially covered by state aid.