Capital bond, library funding, busing on ballot

Posted 5/15/19

The Board of Education Elections is not the only thing to keep an eye out for in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District vote this month. On the line is the Capital Bond that has been talked about …

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Capital bond, library funding, busing on ballot

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The Board of Education Elections is not the only thing to keep an eye out for in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District vote this month. On the line is the Capital Bond that has been talked about to no end, but one key thing to note is how the bond will be structured on the ballot on May 21.

The ballot will have five propositions. the first two are votes for the district budget and Newburgh Free Library budget. Proposition three is a vote to continue bussing private school students up to 18 miles outside the district rather than 15 miles.

The bond will be propositions four and five, one including the CTE building with repairs and additions to various buildings in the district and the other with a full upgrade to the HVAC systems across the district.

Proposition four includes curriculum-based renovations and improvements based on the building condition inspection survey. This proposition also includes an addition and renovation to the cafeteria in Heritage Middle School and a 16,585 sq ft addition to the New Windsor School. The addition in the New Windsor School will include new classrooms, a new gym, new music and art classrooms, and a new parking lot with the relocation of the existing playground.

Vails Gate Steam Academy will receive a new addition with new classrooms, a renovation, and addition to the nurses’ suite with a new traffic loop.

The biggest price tag on the list for proposition four is the CTE building, a plan that will house technical training programs in a building next to the existing Newburgh Free Academy Main Campus. The two would be connected with a walkway going from one building to the next.

This proposition will cost $198 million with $128 contributed by the state, $10 million pulled from the capital reserve and $60 million covered by taxpayers.
Proposition five is an overhaul to the districts air-quality and central air conditioning systems which will cost $60 million. $45 million will be covered by the state and $14 million will be covered by the taxpayer.

Estimated impact on the average taxpayer with a house valued at $100,000 for proposition four and five put together will cost taxpayers $1.82 a month, with no impact for eight years. Individually proposition four will cost taxpayers with homes valued at $100,000 an average of $.98 a month and $.84 a month for proposition five.

Another component to look at when heading into poll sites later this month is a proposition for bussing students 18 miles outside the district. Anywhere between 230 to 250 children attending private schools more than 15 miles outside the district will be affected. Those students will have to be absorbed back into the district or they will have to find other modes of transportation.

For more information on the capital bond or for polling locations you can visit: newburghschools.org/webapps/bond2/index.php.

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