Voters in the Sweet Home Central School District on Tuesday approved $18.7 million worth of capital projects, including replacing roofs, rebuilding parking lots, updating athletic facilities and improving security throughout district schools.
District residents voted in favor of both propositions on the ballot in Tuesday’s special referendum, which will increase the school tax bill by a total of $22.10 for a home assessed at $120,000, school officials said.
“We’re thankful for the community’s support,” Sweet Home Superintendent Anthony J. Day said after the polls closed Tuesday night. “We think we offered propositions to the community that met the needs of our facilities for the future.”
Proposition No. 1 – $16.8 million in upgrades – was approved by a vote of 553 to 215, school officials said.
Eighty percent of that would be used for replacing roofs at the high school and Glendale and Maplemere elementary schools; reconstructing and reconfiguring parking lots throughout the district; refinishing gymnasium floors; installing new fire alarm and clock systems; improving the heating, ventilation and air conditioning; and upgrading computer networks.
The district also would use the money to tighten security at all the schools in the district by reconfiguring the main entry ways.
The remaining money – about $3.5 million – would be spent on extensive work to the high school athletic facilities.
New irrigation systems would be installed, tennis courts would be rebuilt, and the all-weather track would be resurfaced. Also, the district would replace the 40-year-old bleachers and build a new concession stand-restroom facility.
Sweet Home voters also agreed to Proposition No. 2, worth another $1.9 million in spending, by a vote of 500 to 265.
Proposition No. 2 calls for building a lighted, multi-sport artificial turf complex to be used by a variety of school teams.
The artificial turf would be installed in the vacant “north” fields behind the high school.
Day hopes the district will be able to begin construction on some of the projects, like roof and parking lot replacement, by next summer. Other projects, such as the athletic fields, may take up to 18 months to get started, he said.