LETTER: Board asks community to support bond

To the community:

On Dec. 10, residents will be asked to vote on a capital project that focuses on necessary repairs to the high school and middle school, as well as on some additional safety and security measures.

The project has five separate components, all of which are deemed critical for the maintenance of our buildings and/or the safety and security of the staff and students. Included are replacements about 46 percent of the roofs over the middle school and high school, some of which are more than 30 years old. These roofs are past their useful lives and in some cases are leaking on a regular basis. In addition, the more-than-50-year-old masonry has crumbling mortar in a number of places which is allowing water penetration through the walls creating mold and problems for the interior walls. This mortar needs to be replaced. We also must perform window sealing and caulking in a number of places, again to defend against water penetration. Improvements and repairs need to be made to what is called the middle school areaway — a space that allows for adequate air circulation to the middle school boiler. Time and the weather are buckling the walls and making it dangerous. We also need to make electrical upgrades in this area to meet current code requirements. The fifth area deals with safety and security, and is for new interior door locks, access controls, cameras and detectors.

The total cost for the project, including the construction costs, incidentals and capitalized interest, is $2,835,299. Ninety-five percent of the project is eligible for state aid at the district’s rate of 62.9 percent. The project will be financed over 15 years and the district has conservatively estimated a bond rate of four percent. The net local share over the 15-year period of the bond will average about $118,500 per year. Based on current data, the tax rate for this project will amount to $0.076 per $1,000 of assessed value. Additional information may be found on the district website skanschools.org in Mr. Tom Lambdin’s video.

Therefore, the owner of a $275,000 home would be paying about $20.90 a year for this project. That $20.90 a year for 15 years will ensure that the middle school and high school are well maintained and water-tight, and that additional safety measures are in place for our students and staff. Please vote on Dec. 10 at the Waterman school auditorium, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Kathryn Carlson, President

And the Members of the Skaneateles Board of Education

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