Improvements and Upgrades to All Beacon City Schools If Dec. 5 Proposal Passes

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At Rombout Middle School, students and parents have long been longing for updates and upgrades, to benefit those who pass through it for two grades after elementary school and before entering the new Beacon High School. Major amenities that many of us take for granted, such as air conditioning and a proper science room, just aren't there. Until now. The Board of Education has included such things in its Capital Project proposal, which is being presented to the public by Dr. Matthew Landahl, Superintendent of Beacon City Schools.

On December 5, 2017, the public can vote for the Capital Project put forth by the Board of Education. It would not involve a new tax increase according to the Board of Education, thanks to a 66.9% reimbursement from New York State, funds remaining from the EXCEL project, a decrease in District debt, and funds in the existing Capital Reserves.

Presentations of the Capital Project have been given this November by Beacon's Superintendent, Dr. Landahl, at all of the regularly scheduled PTA/PTO Meetings, with two additional public meetings at the City of Beacon Parks and Recreation Department, and an upcoming meeting on November 30 at 7 pm at the Beacon High School.

 Example of new lockers in the pool area of the Beacon High School.  Photo Credit: Taken from the  Capital Project Presentation PDF.

Example of new lockers in the pool area of the Beacon High School.
Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.

What Is Proposed for the Schools?

Here are the improvements slated for the budget of the project, if Beacon residents vote for the proposal:

Beacon High School

  • Roof Repairs and Overlay
  • Exterior Wall Repairs
  • New Lockers in Pool Locker Room and Scoreboard

Rombout Middle School

  • Upgrade Science Lab
  • Renovate Home & Careers Classroom
  • Install A/C in the West Wing
  • Redesign Bus Loop
  • Replace Wheelchair Lift
  • Exterior and Interior Door Replacements
  • Roof Repairs and Overlay
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades
 Proposed new Science Room in Rombout Middle School  Photo Credit: Taken from the  Capital Project Presentation PDF.

Proposed new Science Room in Rombout Middle School
Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.


Glenham Elementary

  • Replace Carpet With VCT Tile in Four Classrooms
  • Replace Egress Window and Ladder in Classroom
  • Exterior and Interior Door Replacements
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades
  Photo Credit: Taken from the  Capital Project Presentation PDF.

Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.


J.V. Forrestal Elementary

  • Replace Carpet With VCT Tile in Kindergarten Classrooms
  • Bathroom Upgrades
  • Replace Rooftop Ventilation Units
  • Replace Ceilings in Stairs and Ground Floor
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades


Sargent Elementary

  • Replace Carpet with VCT Tile in Six Classrooms
  • Replace Kitchen Air Unit and Rooftop Ventilation Units
  • Exterior and Interior Door Replacements
  • Bathroom Upgrades
  • Replace Selected Ceilings
  • Exterior Masonry Repairs
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades
  Photo Credit: Taken from the  Capital Project Presentation PDF.    

Photo Credit: Taken from the Capital Project Presentation PDF.
 


South Avenue Elementary

  • Exterior Door Replacements
  • Replace Kitchen Air Unit and Unit Ventilators in Cafeteria
  • Replace remaining VAT tile with VCT tile
  • ADA and Fire Safety Upgrades


Athletics

  • New Artificial Turf Field Behind Beacon High School
  • Repairs to Track at Hammond Field
  • General Repairs to Rosenmeier Field House, Hammond Field House and Press Box

No New Tax Increase

According to literature from the Beacon City School District, with more information here: "To complete this Capital Project, Building Aid funds are currently available from New York State which reimburses 66.9% of the costs.  In addition, a balance of funds remaining from the EXCEL project, funds in Beacon City School District’s Capital Reserves, and a decrease in the District debt, all contribute to allow the project to be funded with no new school tax increases."

Where and When to Vote

Polls will be located at Beacon High School and Glenham Elementary School, and will be open from 7am-9pm. More information, including how to register, can be found here on the Beacon City School District website.