SWEET HOME RESIDENTS APPROVE BOTH PROPOSITIONS OF CAPITAL PROJECT
Residents of the Sweet Home Central School District approved both of the propositions of a capital project vote on Tuesday, October 22nd. Proposition #1 passed by a vote of 553 to 215. Proposition #2 passed by a vote of 500 to 265.
Proposition #1 ($16.8 million) will provide needed improvements and upgrades to many aspects of the Sweet Home physical plant. The work will include new roofs at the High School and Glendale and Maplemere Elementary Schools. Other work includes parking lot reconstruction and reconfiguration to improve the safety of kids and visitors, the refinishing of gym floors and the installation of new fire alarm and clock systems. At each building, funds are also targeted to provide secure building entry designs. Currently, a visitor to any Sweet Home school can, upon entry, have direct access to classrooms and students without encountering any other adult. These secure entry ways will force visitors to enter and move through the main offices prior to moving into school buildings.
Proposition #1 also includes funds to rehabilitate playing fields at the high school campus. Funds will provide for resurfacing of all fields and the installation of new irrigation systems. Additional funds are also earmarked to rebuild tennis courts, resurface the all-weather track, construct a new concession/ restroom facility and to replace the 40 year-old bleachers at the football stadium.
Proposition #2 will combine the funds earmarked for athletic field renovation in Proposition #1 with an additional $1.9 million to construct a multi-sport artificial turf complex in the currently vacant “north” fields behind the high school. This enhancement would include lights that would provide expanded opportunities for student and community use of the facility. Proposition #2 maintains funds for the reconstruction of the tennis courts and resurfacing of the track.
Estimated property tax impact on a home assessed at $120,000 is $19.60 for Proposition #1 and $2.50 for Proposition #2.