Dear Dobbs Ferry Community Member,
On Tuesday, October 21st residents of the Dobbs Ferry School District will be asked to vote on a very important Capital Projects proposal for $16 million that will update and improve our School District facilities. Like many homeowners, the District needs to periodically invest in its “school home” to ensure that our buildings and grounds are safe, clean, code compliant and conducive to teaching and learning.
Based on recommendations from the District’s Facilities, Finance and Athletics Advisory Committees, the Board of Education has decided to seek voter approval to issue a bond for $14.2 million to cover the majority of the cost. The remaining cost will be covered by the District Reserve for Capital Projects. Because the District is simultaneously retiring debt, taking advantage of low interest rates and bundling infrastructure and athletic projects to maximize State Aid, there will be no significant tax increase for Dobbs Ferry taxpayers.
The District will be holding another Capital Projects Community Forum on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 7:00 PM at Springhurst, to familiarize the community with details of the proposal.
The Capital Projects proposal encompasses the following projects:
Approximately 67% entails Facilities Infrastructure Updates & Health and Safety Projects:
Another 26% covers Athletic Facilities projects:
- Improve High School building infrastructure (replace slate roof and add snow guards/replace all windows in HS/abate 3rd floor ceiling)
- Update High School/Middle School health and safety features (upgrade electrical service/ replace ventilation system/install AC in HS 3rd floor and gymnasium)
- Upgrade Springhurst health and safety components (install energy recovery units/new electrical service/provide gas as alternative fuel source/install AC and ventilation)
- Install turf for multi-purpose field and new bleachers at Springhurst
- Build four District/community tennis courts at Springhurst
- Renovate existing Dobbs Ferry High School turf field
Performing Arts/Auditorium and Technology and Innovation account for 7% of the cost:
- Furnish and install balcony seating in auditorium to increase capacity/abate asbestos to enable future improvements to auditorium
- Renovate High School/Middle School library to create collaborative learning labs/flexible work areas/enhanced community meeting space
Please visit the School District website at www.dfsd.org to review the 2016 Capital Projects Recommendations PowerPoint presentation and updates (click on link in the SpotLight Section) as well as other important background information.
If you have any specific questions after looking over the proposal, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
A stronger District means a stronger Dobbs….these projects will benefit every citizen of Dobbs Ferry, especially our students. Please remember to put the Capital Projects Community Forum date--Wednesday, October 15th @ 7:00 PM at Springhurst-- on your calendar. Thank you for your consideration.
Lisa Brady, Ed.D