PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – While many school districts are making substantial cuts to their schools, the Pleasantville School District is planning to engage in multiple capital projects to improve their schools’ facilities, some of which may be coming soon.
“The thing about these projects is that they’re not just school items,” said Pleasantville Board of Education member Shane McGaffey. “They’re also community items.”
The discussion amongst the school board members came at their annual proposed budget presentation Tuesday night for the upcoming school year. The 11 capital projects discussed included replacing the turf fields between the high school and middle school, resurfacing the tennis courts, replacing the gym floor in the Bedford Road School and installing air conditioning in the middle school cafeteria, among others. The current proposed budget featured a tax levy increase of 1.7 percent, below the state mandated 2 percent cap. David Quattrocchi, the district’s business administrator, said Pleasantville schools have approximately $200,000 of spending room before reaching the cap.
Superintendent Mary Fox-Alter said completing a project such as resurfacing the tennis courts is a priority and could cost the district around $50,000.
“The physical education classes use them, our tennis teams use them and also members of the community come and use them,” Fox-Alter said in regards to the tennis courts. “So I would recommend that we prioritize that as part of our plan.”
For items such as the turf field, which would be a significant cost to replace and Fox-Alter said is currently being cost-estimated, the district discussed plans to open a general fund account in which it can put money aside each year to save up for projects.
“We know we have the projects now that we have to improve upon so it makes sense to put money away yearly,” McGaffey said.
There are currently no major capital projects included in the 2012-13 proposed budget. The district will make a decision on its capital project funds at the next school board meeting April 17 where board members will vote to adopt or deny the budget.