WEBVTT 00:00:05.280 --> 00:00:09.720 Here in the Elwood Union Free School District, we have a lot to celebrate! 00:00:09.720 --> 00:00:13.940 Our schools have been recognized in the past as New York State reward schools and 00:00:13.940 --> 00:00:16.490 have also been cited by the Washington Post 00:00:16.490 --> 00:00:21.040 US News and World Report and Newsweek for our outstanding programs. 00:00:23.180 --> 00:00:28.860 We are a district continually on the rise thanks to the support of the community. 00:00:28.860 --> 00:00:34.280 Recent additions to our schools include the expansion of our Chromebook initiative 00:00:34.280 --> 00:00:38.720 into the ninth grade. The addition of the AP capstone program at John Glenn high 00:00:38.720 --> 00:00:43.490 school and continued implementation of steam initiatives at all grade levels. 00:00:43.490 --> 00:00:48.140 Our students continue to achieve despite learning in buildings that are aging 00:00:48.140 --> 00:00:51.540 and in need of basic infrastructure repairs. 00:00:53.840 --> 00:00:57.060 Some of our schools are over 60 years old. 00:00:57.060 --> 00:01:00.216 The average age of our school buildings is 54. 00:01:00.216 --> 00:01:04.869 A group of citizens spent more than a year studying the needs of our school buildings and 00:01:04.869 --> 00:01:08.870 prioritizing the projects that were identified in the district's building 00:01:08.870 --> 00:01:10.880 conditions survey. 00:01:10.880 --> 00:01:13.790 After much careful thought and research they have developed 00:01:13.790 --> 00:01:17.710 a plan for improving our buildings that was presented to the Board of Education. 00:01:17.710 --> 00:01:22.310 The board has adopted a resolution to move forward with bringing the proposal 00:01:22.310 --> 00:01:26.620 to the community for public vote on Tuesday November 28th. 00:01:29.380 --> 00:01:31.240 What does the plan include? 00:01:32.280 --> 00:01:35.740 When we initially evaluated the priorities from the building condition 00:01:35.740 --> 00:01:39.140 survey we really focused on those items that spoke to health and safety. 00:01:39.200 --> 00:01:42.700 We need to make sure that we have our students faculty and staff arrive each day 00:01:42.710 --> 00:01:46.490 they're in an environment that's conducive to education but also doesn't 00:01:46.490 --> 00:01:49.440 place them at risk for any type of health related hazard. 00:01:49.440 --> 00:01:54.979 Right now when it rains outside, it rains inside and that is clearly a problem so when we talk 00:01:54.980 --> 00:01:58.100 about the priorities of the project keeping water out and keeping water in 00:01:58.100 --> 00:02:00.980 place has risen to the top of the list of priority. 00:02:00.980 --> 00:02:02.520 All four of our school 00:02:02.520 --> 00:02:04.667 buildings require a new roof. There's no time for repair. 00:02:04.667 --> 00:02:05.420 We also need to keep 00:02:05.420 --> 00:02:08.759 water away from the buildings and for those of you that are longtime residents 00:02:08.759 --> 00:02:12.120 you know about Lake Elwood and the high school parking lot and you know about 00:02:12.120 --> 00:02:15.810 some of the drainage problems that we experience each time we have a heavy 00:02:15.810 --> 00:02:19.000 rain or god forbid any flooding or hurricane like conditions. 00:02:19.060 --> 00:02:23.099 Other things are upgrades to our educational program. We're looking to upgrade some of our 00:02:23.099 --> 00:02:26.700 science labs at the high school. We're looking in our family consumer science 00:02:26.700 --> 00:02:30.870 classrooms at the middle school at the high school to bring them up to 21st 00:02:30.870 --> 00:02:35.549 century learning environments. Some folks who visit our facilities feel like they 00:02:35.549 --> 00:02:39.090 step back in time when they enter those classrooms and it's just not the right 00:02:39.090 --> 00:02:43.320 environment to teach our students the new skill sets that they need to be successful. 00:02:43.400 --> 00:02:46.680 We're looking to remodel our woodworking classroom at the high school 00:02:46.680 --> 00:02:50.639 to a robotics laboratory to match the program that we're teaching our students. 00:02:50.639 --> 00:02:54.030 Other health and safety items like curbing and paving, making sure they're 00:02:54.030 --> 00:02:55.680 no trip hazards around our buildings. 00:02:55.680 --> 00:03:00.240 Right now our buildings are very limited in air conditioned spaces. 00:03:00.340 --> 00:03:01.200 We want to make sure 00:03:01.200 --> 00:03:04.829 that each of our buildings has a large air conditioned space on those typically 00:03:04.829 --> 00:03:08.060 oppressive days we can guide our students in that direction. 00:03:08.320 --> 00:03:11.780 So if this bond goes forward as proposed and is successful each of the school 00:03:11.790 --> 00:03:15.090 auditoriums would be air conditioned each of the school cafeterias would be 00:03:15.090 --> 00:03:18.120 air conditioned so that there would always be a large place to bring our 00:03:18.120 --> 00:03:20.580 students on oppressive days in the fall in the spring. 00:04:46.080 --> 00:04:50.619 The board, I think wisely, has moved forward in separating our bond proposal 00:04:50.619 --> 00:04:52.100 to two propositions. 00:04:52.100 --> 00:04:54.999 The first one is all the safety Health and Welfare and 00:04:54.999 --> 00:04:58.173 educational enhancements that we've spoken about. 00:04:58.180 --> 00:05:04.220 Proposition 2 speaks specifically to overhaul over athletic fields. It talks about removal of the 00:05:04.220 --> 00:05:08.080 natural grass football field and replacing that with synthetic turf. 00:05:08.080 --> 00:05:12.939 It talks about adding a fairly modern press box and concession stand along with 00:05:12.939 --> 00:05:17.679 outdoor bathrooms. It also includes the addition of an electronic scoreboard for 00:05:17.679 --> 00:05:19.640 our varsity baseball field. 00:05:19.640 --> 00:05:22.899 The total of proposition number one is approximately 00:05:22.899 --> 00:05:27.459 thirty four point five million dollars. If passed Proposition number one would 00:05:27.459 --> 00:05:31.300 cost the average taxpayer within the community approximately two hundred and 00:05:31.300 --> 00:05:35.880 twenty-one dollars a year or eighteen dollars and 42 cents a month. 00:05:36.080 --> 00:05:40.320 The total from projects included in proposition two is an additional three point six 00:05:40.329 --> 00:05:41.660 five million dollars. 00:05:41.660 --> 00:05:45.249 Proposition number two can only pass if proposition one is 00:05:45.249 --> 00:05:46.800 also approved. 00:05:46.840 --> 00:05:49.599 If both propositions are approved it would cost the average 00:05:49.599 --> 00:05:53.349 taxpayer within the community approximately three hundred and thirty 00:05:53.349 --> 00:05:57.879 three dollars a year or twenty-seven dollars and seventy five cents a month. 00:05:57.879 --> 00:06:02.739 One of the things that is attractive about this bond from my perspective and 00:06:02.739 --> 00:06:06.729 the perspective of the board, I know it was a priority, to make sure that no 00:06:06.729 --> 00:06:10.329 matter who you are we hope that there's something in the bond that you feel will 00:06:10.329 --> 00:06:15.189 positively impact your child or yourself. So we wanted to make sure that when we 00:06:15.189 --> 00:06:19.360 looked at the bond in totality, there are projects at Harley, there are projects 00:06:19.360 --> 00:06:21.489 at Boyd, the middle school, in the high school so 00:06:21.489 --> 00:06:24.699 every student, should we have a successful bond initiative, is able to 00:06:24.699 --> 00:06:28.389 walk into the buildings and see a difference, see an impact, see a change in a 00:06:28.389 --> 00:06:31.251 positive way that we can do as a result of this vote. 00:06:31.251 --> 00:06:36.669 For a complete list of projects broken down by school, as well as a tax calculator to estimate your 00:06:36.669 --> 00:06:41.420 average increase should the proposal be approved, visit the district's website 00:06:41.420 --> 00:06:46.700 www.Elwood.k12.ny.us. 00:06:46.860 --> 00:06:50.420 Please also remember to vote on Tuesday November 28th. 00:06:50.420 --> 00:06:55.780 Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at district office located at the side of 00:06:55.780 --> 00:06:56.800 Elwood middle school. 00:06:56.960 --> 00:06:59.100 Thank you for your participation.