Story by Shelley R. Clapper
The Greenwood Lake School Board held a public hearing on the proposed Capital Project on Tues., Nov. 15 at the elementary school gymnasium. Superintendent Dr. Christine Ackerman explained that this was an additional public hearing giving parents another chance to hear about the capital project. She said that at the previous public hearing on Wed., Sept. 21, most of the 350 attendees had been residents without children in the district.
The Capital Project vote is scheduled for Tues., Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the G.L. elementary school gym, located at 80 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake. The two propositions that the community will vote on are based on community and faculty feedback from focus groups and surveys that took place in the summer.
In proposition one, the public will be asked to authorize “the expenditure of $5,000,000 from the District-wide Renovations, Reconstruction and Improvements to Buildings and Facilities and School Bus Purchase Capital Reserve Fund for building improvements $4,419,523 and the purchase of buses $580,477 be approved.” Included in this proposition are required repairs at both schools, security enhancements at both schools, middle school project Lead the Way/Engineering Space Renovation, replacement of the middle school gym floor and middle school athletic field refurbishment and school bus purchases.
In proposition two, the public will be asked to vote on elementary school cafeteria renovations at a maximum estimated cost of $2,057,961. The money will be raised from the levy of a tax. “The cafeteria will remain in the same location but will be renovated to address the concerns articulated by staff, faculty and parents.”
Any one interested can see a more detailed overview of the Capital project by viewing the Power Point presentation to the Board of Education from Sept. 21 by clicking on the link on the district’s website at www.gwlufsd.org.