Although it was a small turnout of 309 people, Maryvale School District residents overwhelming approved three propositions, including a $15.35 million capital project, by a 5-1 margin during a special ballot vote Tuesday.
“It’s wonderful to see the community come out to support the schools,” Superintendent Deborah Ziolkowski said. “It’s all about the kids, and this capital improvement project is going to allow us to help our kids.”
The proposition on the capital project was approved by a vote of 251 to 58.
The project plans to address physical shortcomings in district buildings, such as new roofs and boilers for the middle school and Robert A. Binner buildings, new windows and repairs to the middle and primary buildings, an updated phone system throughout the district, a redesigned parking lot behind the middle school to improve parent drop-offs, and general repairs throughout the buildings.
Thanks to the district’s current $3 million savings in a capital reserve fund, and a state funding formula that will provide for 81.7 percent of expenses, the proposed capital project will not force a tax increase for district residents.
In addition to the capital project, there were two other propositions on the ballot.
Maryvale won the right to create another capital reserve fund totaling $5 million with voters approving the second proposition, 249 to 57.
State law requires the establishment of another fund when the current account is depleted. This capital reserve fund will not be automatically replenished, but rather derived from budget savings Maryvale can accrue during the next few years.
The final proposition on Tuesday’s ballot was the final approval of the sale of the North Hill building to Aspire of Western New York School for $625,000, which passed 286 to 20.
Aspire, which has previously rented space in the North Hill building, provides services for special education children.
Maryvale Board of Education President Margaret Bourdette said residents have always supported district projects.
“We’ve been out there talking to different groups of people, and people truly believe in what we do,” said Ziolkowski. “They came out and supported us.”