Bond Referendum Scheduled for May 15, 2018

Eligible Pelham voters may vote on a two-proposition bond proposal to fund facilities/infrastructure projects and athletic facilities/fields upgrades on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

The Board of Education formally approved the final proposition language for the bond referendum at its meeting on Tuesday, March 27. Residents may vote on both Proposition 1, which includes the facilities/infrastructure work, and Proposition 2, which includes athletics facilities/fields upgrades. If Proposition 2 is approved, it will only be implemented if Proposition 1 is also approved.

The final list of projects, inclusive of total costs, is as follows:

Proposition 1 - $52,900,000

Estimated Annual Tax Impact: $79 per $100,000 assessed home value (full impact anticipated to be phased in by 2022-23 school year) *

New Hutchinson School to address accessibility, safety and security, projected enrollment, and infrastructure

The Board identified a number of issues with the current Hutchinson School and considered a total of 8 options for the building. The decision to build a new school was made following a Decision Analysis process that weighed criteria related to capacity, disruption to the learning process during construction, support for our educational program, safety, preservation of flexibility for new programming in future years, predictability during construction, fiscal stewardship, value added to the community, and life quality features.

Renovation at PMHS/PMS to provide 6 additional classrooms, orchestra rehearsal and storage rooms, science lab and research room upgrades

Two enrollment and capacity studies show that PMS and PMHS are currently functioning over capacity and are also projected to continue to grow in enrollment. This project will provide greater flexibility in scheduling at both schools by adding to the total number of available rooms and by providing upgraded science rooms.

Security & ADA accessibility upgrades at Prospect Hill School including a double-door security vestibule, new elevator, and bathroom upgrades

Creation of a double-door security vestibule will bring Prospect Hill in line with safety and security features already in place at the other elementary schools. The ADA upgrades will make Prospect Hill School fully accessible.

Replacement of 1964 roof and parapets on the PMHS Annex, and masonry repointing on PMS

This project will address water intrusion and leakage into the PMHS Annex and masonry issues on the Middle School.

Proposition 2 - $4,624,892**

Estimated Annual Tax Impact: $7 per $100,000 assessed home value (full impact anticipated to be phased in by 2022-23 school year) *

Turfing of Glover baseball/practice fields (Varsity, A, and B)

The fields at Glover are heavily used by our student-athletes and our entire community. Installing synthetic turf on the baseball fields will allow for more frequent use and an extended playing season for a variety of sports, such as soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey and rugby. A turf field will also include improved drainage, allowing it to be used in some inclement weather conditions.

Tennis Court replacement at Glover Complex

Replacing the tennis courts at Glover will address cracking and uneven surfaces that have developed over the years.

Irrigation and renovation of Prospect Hill field

This project would improve drainage and usability at Prospect Hill field.

* Estimated tax impacts based on 2017-18 base proportions and assessment roll. The interest rate used is the current Municipal Market Data (MMD) + 50 basis points to allow for changing rates.

** Fields/athletic facilities projects expected to qualify for state building aid when paired with projects in Proposition 1.

The estimated tax impacts of both proposals include interest payments and projected state building aid reimbursement. Expected borrowing terms are 30 years for the new Hutchinson School, 20 years for the Prospect Hill security and ADA accessibility upgrades, and 15 years for all other projects.

 “This bond proposal is the result of 18 months of investigation, discussion, debate and refinement to address issues relating to our school facilities and infrastructure,” said Board of Education President Madeline Smith. “I would like to thank my fellow Board members, our consultants, and our residents for a thorough and collaborative process. As a Board, District, and Pelham community, we seek to maintain our facilities and provide our students with schools that are safe, secure and conducive to learning. Throughout the spring, I encourage all residents to ask questions, remain engaged in the process and, most importantly, vote on May 15.”

The bond referendum will be held on Tuesday, May 15 in the PMHS main gym, at which time residents will also have the opportunity to vote on the 2018-19 budget and elect two candidates to the Board of Education. Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. Eligible voters must be registered to vote with either the County Board of Elections or the Pelham Union Free School District.

For those who are not registered, you can register in person with the School District Board of Registration on the following dates in the District Office at 18 Franklin Place:

  • Monday, April 16, 10 am - 2 pm
  • Saturday, April 28, 10 am - 2 pm
  • Monday, May 7, 4 pm to 8 pm

Alternatively, registration can be accomplished by completing a voter registration form available from the Town Clerk (738-0777), the Superintendent’s Office (738-3434, x-1155) or by downloading a form from the Westchester County Board of Elections website. Once the form is printed, sign it in blue or black ink. Only an original copy can be submitted. Digital or portable document file generated (i.e. Adobe Acrobat) signatures are not acceptable. The form must then be mailed or delivered to the Westchester County Board of Elections per the instructions and address provided on the form.