Nanuet school bond would add STEM space and boost athletics complex – The Journal News

The Nanuet High School track would be upgraded and expanded to eight lanes, which would allow the school to host sectional and championship events, if the bond proposal was approved.

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NANUET — Residents of the Nanuet school district can vote Oct. 28 on a $59 million capital improvement bond that will fund upgrades to buildings so they are more accessible and secure, according to district officials.

It would also go toward upgrading Golden Knights athletic facilities.

The district pitches the bond as no cost to property taxpayers, because old bonds issued in 2002 are about to be retired. Any debt service for property taxpayers on the old bonds is equivalent to payments on the proposed bond, school officials said.

The district will receive state reimbursement for about 56% of the cost of certain facility upgrades. School officials also cited current low interest rates.

According to school district estimates, current bond debt service costs a homeowner of a median-priced house approximately $273 a year.  The district structured the proposed bond so that the average homeowner would continue to pay that $273.

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Improvements include revamping the shared-use space or “gymnatorium” at Highview Elementary, a building that’s more than 100 years old. 

Air conditioning would be installed at A. MacArthur Barr Middle School and Nanuet High School; the high school would also upgrade to a hydronic heating system. HVAC systems would be upgraded and elevators at both schools would also be added.

At the high school, the current single elevator doesn’t go to the first floor. “All students can have access to all programs on all levels of the high school,” Superintendent Kevin McCahill said in an informational video for the community.  

Bathrooms at the middle school and George W. Miller and Highview elementary schools would also get upgrades. Fire alarms would also be upgraded.

Science labs at the middle school and high schools would get an upgrade, along with class space at several schools.

The Nanuet High School track would be upgraded and expanded to eight lanes, which would allow the school to host sectional and championship events. 

Synthetic turf would be installed on the field and tennis courts would be repaired. Stadium lighting would be installed at the athletic complex.

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Roof replacements and parking lot and sidewalk improvements are also covered in the bond.

Entrances at schools would also be reconfigured for added security.

The total cost would be $59,070,379 and the projects would take four years to complete, officials said.

“This will improve life for our students who are in the schools now, as well as a generation of students and parents to come,” McCahill said.

Voting takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the gym at Nanuet High School, 103 Church St. You must be registered to vote to participate. Residents can apply for an absentee ballot by mail or at the district offices; COVID concerns can be cited as a reason for absentee voting. For questions, contact the district clerk Andrea Dobbelaer at 845-627-9202.

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