Taxpayers in the Sweet Home Central School district will go to the polls this month to vote on $18.7 million worth of capital projects on buildings and grounds across the district.
The money will be used for a variety of construction, including replacing roofs, rebuilding parking lots, updating athletic facilities and improving security at district schools.
If approved, Sweet Home taxpayers with a home assessed at $120,000 would see their school tax bills increase by $22.10, school officials said.
A public informational meeting will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, in the Norman C. Vergils Community Center of Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road.
Voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Vergils Community Center.
The Sweet Home School Board in August approved a resolution authorizing the referendum.
Proposition No. 1 is for $16.8 million in upgrades.
Eighty percent of that would be used for new roofs at the high school and Glendale and Maplemere elementary schools; parking lot reconstruction and reconfiguration 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, said Sweet Home Superintendent Anthony J. Day.
“Right now, when people get buzzed through the door there’s really nothing stopping them from moving into areas where kids are in session,” Day said.
“The idea is to reconfigure the whole main entryway to ensure people cannot move into student-occupied areas once they have entered the building,” he said.
The remaining money – about $3.5 million – would be spent on extensive work to the high school athletic facilities, Day said.
“There has not been significant work performed on any of our fields in close to 30 years,” Day said.
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.
Voters also will decide on a second proposition, worth another $1.9 million in spending.
Proposition No. 2 calls building a lighted, multi-sport artificial turf complex to be used by a variety of school teams, Day said.
The artificial turf would be installed in the vacant “north” fields behind the high school.
While voters were considering spending money to improve district athletic facilities, the district decided to put up this state-of-the-art complex as an option on the ballot, as well, Day said.