Dear Newburgh Enlarged City School District residents,
On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, the Board of Education voted to approve two Propositions (Nos. 4 and 5) to be placed on the ballot for our Annual Meeting (School Budget Vote/Board Election), that will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 12:00pm – 9:00pm. This is an exciting time for the district!
Our architects have advised that our school buildings are in need of improvement. Many buildings are outdated, having been built in the early to mid-1900s. Some of our classrooms are held in spaces that were not designed for learning. To focus on these issues a steering committee was created which was comprised of community members, teachers, and administrators. The committee met regularly for nearly two years. The plans evolved through nearly 35 iterations with the intent that the final proposal focus on a project that will both positively affect our children while minimizing the financial impact on our community.
Proposition 4 focuses on improvements to the physical structure of all school buildings, renovating educational spaces, the demolition and reconstruction of a 119 year old building section, the construction of a new building to expand the Career and Technical Education opportunities for all of our high school scholars, and more. These improvements are intended to create more efficient learning environments and prepare our students for college and/or their careers.
Proposition 5 addresses air quality and environmental systems/air conditioning in all of our school buildings. A 2006 study titled, “Research Report on Effects of HVAC on Student Performance” showed that improvements in air quality have been shown to provide a healthier, more comfortable, and more efficient learning environment. These improvements would also allow us the opportunity to expand summer programs for our scholars.
Our fiscal advisors have estimated that the average monthly impact for each $100,000 of a property’s Full Value will cost $0.98 per month for Proposition 4. The average estimated monthly tax impact for each $100,000 of a property's Full Value for Propositions 4 and 5 combined will cost $1.82 per month. Proposition 5 will not be implemented unless Proposition 4 passes. These estimates do not reflect STAR or Veterans exemptions. In addition, our fiscal advisors have advised that if the propositions are approved there will be no tax impact for eight (8) years.
Detailed information about the proposed Capital Bond plan can be found by visiting bond.newburghschools.org. My team and I will also be hosting a series of forums through which you can learn more about the proposed project and have an opportunity to ask questions. If you are unable to attend those forums, please feel free to send your questions to: Bond@necsd.net. As questions are posed, we will update the FAQ section of the Capital Bond website.
As a district we continue to reflect on our mission of inspiring students to become leaders beyond Academy Field. These propositions will be on the ballot on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 12:00pm – 9:00pm. We encourage you to take advantage of the information that is provided on our website and in our forums as we strive to create safe, effective, and comfortable learning environments for all of our scholars.
Through the work of all,
Roberto Padilla, Ed.D., Superintendent
Newburgh Enlarged City School District
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A Bond is a long term loan that allows school districts to fund capital projects. This would include the acquisition of property, renovations and additions to existing structures, construction of new facilities and the purchase of equipment. Bond approval is done by a referendum (public vote) that includes the scope of the project, maximum dollar amount that can be spent and all funding sources including the maximum amount that can be bonded. A bond is similar to a home mortgage. It is a contract to repay borrowed money with interest over time. Bonds are sold by a school district to competing lenders to raise funds to pay for the costs of construction, renovations and equipment.
Bond funds can be used to pay for new buildings, additions and renovations to existing facilities, land acquisition, technology infrastructure and equipment for new or existing buildings. Bonds cannot be used for salaries or operating costs such as utility bills, supplies, building maintenance, fuel and insurance.
School districts are required by state law to ask voters for permission to sell bonds to investors in order to raise the capital dollars required for projects such as renovation to existing buildings or building a new school. Essentially, the voters are giving permission for the District to take out a loan and pay that loan back over an extended period of time, much like a family takes out a mortgage loan for their home. A school board calls a bond referendum so voters can decide whether or not they want to pay for proposed facility projects.
The Newburgh School District is one of the larger school districts in NY State encompassing the Town of Newburgh, City of Newburgh and the Town of New Windsor. There are approximately 11,500 students in fourteen different school buildings. When you break the construction budget down by student- it is one of the lowest cost per school as compared to other city school district capital projects. A comparison graphic is available below:
Our architects have advised that across the district our mechanical heating and ventilation systems have exhausted their useful economic life and are due for removal and replacement. In addition, most of our schools provide air conditioning using hundreds of window air conditioning units which are moderately effective and highly inefficient. New centralized systems will not only provide adequate ventilation to classrooms and common areas, these systems will operate much more efficiently than our current units. According to studies provided by our architectural firm, the improved ventilation will contribute to better learning environments and better student attendance. We anticipate that the state aid on these new systems will be substantial (estimated at 77%). In addition, we expect that the investment in central air conditioning will be paid for through energy efficiency and economic savings in the long term.
The primary reason the District is able to have no tax impact over the next eight years is the significant reduction in debt service from outstanding bonds. The new debt service will be layered in and will replace the current debt service.
Voting locations are determined by where a person is registered to vote. Polling locations can be found by clicking this link
. Visit vote.newburghSchools.org
to find out more information about registration status, instructions for registering to vote in the school board election/budget vote, and polling place.
The true value of your home can be determined by dividing the assessed value by the equalization rate for your municipality. For details please contact the Assessor's Office in your municipality.
City of Newburgh: (845) 569-7333
Town of Newburgh: (845) 564-4550
New Windsor: (845) 563-4632
Cornwall: (845) 534 7290
Proposition 1 –School District Budget
Proposition 2 – Newburgh Free Library Budget
Proposition 3 – Transportation limits for students
Proposition 4 – Capital Project: improvements to the physical structure of all school buildings,
renovating educational spaces, demolishing and reconstructing a section of a 119 year old building, construction of a new building to expand Career and Technical Education opportunities for all of our high school scholars, and more
Proposition 5 – Capital Project: air quality and environmental systems/air conditioning in all of our school buildings
The election of school board members will also be on the ballot.
When Proposition 4 and 5 are combined, the total will be above the bonding capacity for the district, therefore, a “super majority” vote or 60% of the voters must approve Proposition 5.
If the Capital Bond propositions are approved, there will be a planning period of approximately 18 – 24 months. The planning period will consist of collecting feedback from teachers, administrators, and key stakeholders about the specific needs for each space that will be impacted by the work being proposed. Those groups will narrow the programming needs as it relates to their individual buildings. Once a more specific plan is developed and approved by the New York State Education Department, the project can be bid and construction can begin.
The responsibility for upgrading school district facilities is shared between the local community and the New York State Department of Education. The Newburgh School District qualifies for a high level of state aid on building projects.