2022 Facilities Improvements and School Safety Bond

October 4, 2022

Dear Chappaqua Central School District Community,

A few weeks ago, we wrote to you about the need for important repairs and improvements to our facilities and a significant safety upgrade at Greeley. We have continued our discussions with the District Administration on how to best address these essential capital improvements, as we believe they are necessary to ensure that we can continue to provide the safest and most supportive learning environment for our students. 

We have successfully managed our facilities under the tax levy limit since it was established in 2011, and the Chappaqua community has not been presented with an infrastructure bond since 1994.   These necessary repairs and upgrades, however,  require a significant financial commitment, and therefore cannot be addressed through our annual operating budget. After seven public meetings to discuss these needs, the Board of Education decided last night to move forward with two  bond referendums for your consideration.  A community vote on these referendums will take place on November 29, 2022. 

By supporting these propositions, the District will be able to complete critical repairs, upgrade our infrastructure, and address safety concerns. All communications and presentations related to these bond referendums are available on our website.

BOND REFERENDUMS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

More information on the two referendums we are asking you to support can be found below. Please refer to the District’s Facilities Planning Presentation #5  from the Board of Education meeting on October 3, 2022 for additional details on each proposal.

REFERENDUM #1: Infrastructure Repairs and Upgrades

Safety & Security 
  • Roof Replacement (all buildings) 
  • Greeley J Bridge (full replacement)  ;
  • Greeley Fire Alarm System Replacement 
  • Electronic Classroom Door Locking System (K-8 buildings)
Preventative Maintenance and Repair
  • Paving Projects at Greeley and Westorchard 
  • Electrical Panel/Underground Feeder Cable Replacement (Greeley Gym) 
  • HVAC Repair and Replacement (all buildings) 
  • Playground Resurfacing at Elementary buildings 
  • Light Pole Replacement at Greeley Tennis Court 
  • Auditorium Upgrades at Greeley 
  • Network & Fiber Optics Upgrades (all buildings)
Priority Upgrades to Support Academic and Extracurricular Programming 
  • Air Conditioning in Cafeterias and Gyms (all buildings) 
  • Air Conditioning in L Building at Greeley 
  • Outdoor Bathrooms at Greeley 
  • Storage at Greeley's Athletic Complex
  • Modified Baseball Field at Seven Bridges 

The total cost associated with this first proposal is $33,985,000. 

REFERENDUM #2: Single Point of Entrance

The  second proposal  creates a single point of entrance at Horace Greeley High School by  redesigning the front entrance and office spaces. This proposal is based on the 2019 recommendations from the CCSD Safety and Security Task Force, as well as recommendations from professional safety audits conducted prior to the pandemic.   

This conceptual plan demonstrates the general areas of work and possible adjustments to the main entrance to improve building security.

The total cost associated with this second proposal is $11,340,000. 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS 

We appreciate that  our community members want to understand how these referendums will impact their families financially. To learn more about the details of these referendums and how they will affect your tax obligations, please review the community presentation and a breakdown of estimated increases.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions for your convenience.  For more information and additional questions you may have, we invite you to attend one of our public forums.  All meetings are open to all community members.

PUBLIC FORUMS

District Webinars 
October 13, 2022 at 6pm - Zoom Link
November 28, 2022 at 7pm - Zoom Link
Onsite Meetings Onsite Meetings
Westorchard Elementary School
October 18, 2022 at 9:30am
Roaring Brook Elementary School
November 3, 2022 at 9:30am
Bell Middle School
October 21, 2022 at 9am
Horace Greeley High School
November 9, 2022 at 6:30pm
Seven Bridges Middle School
October 24, 2022 at 9:30am
Grafflin Elementary School 
November 10, 2022 at 9:30am

We are committed and focused on maintaining our facilities and improving school security in order to provide the best possible academic and social-emotional learning environment for all of our children. Thank you for your consideration and ongoing support of our students and schools. 

 Sincerely, 

Chappaqua Central School District Board of Education 
   Jane Kimmel Shepardson, President 
   Warren Messner, Vice President 
   Hilary Grasso 
   Cailee Hwang 
   Ryan Kelsey

Presentations/Documents (slides, communications, documents and meeting videos)

Ask Us ~ Tell Us (online form to submit questions and comments)

FAQs (frequently asked questions regarding the bond)