[April 15, 2015] At its April 21 meeting, the Board will also vote on including a proposition on the May ballot for a voter referendum on a capital project to replace athletic turf fields at Suffern Middle School. These fields are an integral part of our physical education and athletic program and are in regular use by students. Beyond that, groups throughout our community use these facilities throughout the year, weather permitting.
The existing turf fields at Suffern Middle School are in the final year of their lifespan and exhibit irreparable deterioration. Field conditions are compromised by tears, depressions and overall wear that pose potential risk to athlete safety.
This proposed capital project is at no additional cost to taxpayers. Rather, residents would be asked to vote on whether the District may use existing Capital Reserve Funds in the amount of $850,000 to pay for field replacement. This reserve was created and funded with voter approval in 2007 to fund projects such as this.
The estimated project cost encompasses replacement of the stadium and alternative fields at Suffern Middle School, as well as architect and engineering fees. Assistant Superintendent for Business Kelly Seibert noted that this cost would allow the District to choose the safest, most cost-effective replacement option at no cost to taxpayers.
The current Capital Reserve Fund balance is $1.71 million. Building Aid on previously completed Capital Reserve Projects, received from the State each year, is deposited into the District’s Capital Reserve Fund.
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