Yes on Both School Propositions 11.07.13

Posted on 06 November 2013

Next Wednesday, November 13, residents of the Sag Harbor School District will be asked to weigh in on two propositions aimed at maintaining, and improving, facilities at both the Sag Harbor Elementary School and Pierson Middle/High School.

We believe both propositions deserve community support.

The first bond, which totals $7,357,132 in spending, will cost a resident who owns a home with a market value of $1 million less than $9 a month. For that price, the school district will be able to completely renovate the Pierson Middle/High School auditorium, which will not only increase safety, but also give the school adequate seating for assemblies, and allow the district’s performing arts curriculum to thrive. Shop and technology classroom spaces will also be improved, as will the elementary school gymnasium. A partial roof replacement at the elementary school, bringing the Pierson Middle/High School kitchen up to health department safety standards, reconfiguring parking at both schools.

The second proposition, which calls for $1,620,000 in funding, will allow for the creation of a turf field at Pierson Middle/High School, which would include a track, a baseball diamond, softball diamond and a small plaza for spectators. For a homeowner with a residence that has a market value of $1 million, it would cost a little more than $1 per month to fund.

The first proposition is a no brainer. It allows for significant upgrades to both schools that will improve health, safety and curriculum. The second proposition, while it may seem extravagant, would increase safety, save in annual maintenance costs, give the athletic program facilities on par with schools throughout the county and give community members a safe outdoor track to exercise on.

Ultimately we believe bonding for projects like this at a time of low interest rates allows our school district to move long overdue projects forward without placing too large a burden on the shoulders of taxpayers. Which is why we encourage people to support both propositions next Wednesday, November 13.

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2 Responses to “Yes on Both School Propositions 11.07.13”

  1. Helen Atkinson-Barnes says:

    I encourage Sag Harbor School District residents to vote YES next Wednesday, November 13 to support these bond propositions for repairs and improvements to the school.

  2. Diane says:

    I, too, believe Prop 1 is great and needed. However, I encourage all to research in more detail Prop 2. I have asked for and not received actual cost comparisons for turf vs. grass. Yes, the field desperately needs improvement, but synthetic turf may not be the answer. Dan’s Papers argued that if a 6-lane track cannot be built, it would be better to have a fitness trail. Save Sag Harbor researched: “An artificial turf field is just as hard to maintain as live grass.(” I am not not convinced an artificial field is a good solution. If indeed it is, I would welcome a sound argument for it including detailed cost comparison of turf and grass.

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