Frequently Asked Questions for the 2017 Beacon City School District Capital Project
Why is the district recommending a turf field in this project?
The Beacon City School District is very excited to be proposing a turf field to the community for
the following reasons:
- The turf field would be used for many different sports: boys and girls soccer, football, girls lacrosse, and a potential practice field for girls softball.
- The durability of the turf field means that rain and weather will not decrease access to a playing field for practice or games. The past few years our student athletes have had countless practices rescheduled due to soggy fields and our soccer teams even had home playoff games rescheduled to away facilities due to our home fields being too wet to play.
- All of the physical education students at Beacon High School will be utilizing the field during the school year.
- A dream we have is that we are able to have a marching band in future years practicing on the turf field.
- Finally, a turf field will be utilized more by community groups. Beacon has very active community athletic programs and the turf field will be available to use for games for different organizations through our facilities use process. We feel that involvement in extracurricular activities has a transformative impact on students. A turf field will allow our athletic program to grow and impact even more of our students.
If this project is approved, why will the turf field go behind Beacon High School instead of at Hammond field?
In a future project, we would like to add lights to the proposed turf field. A lighted field would have too great of an impact on the neighbors of Hammond Field so we believe that the field behind Beacon High School is a better option. We also feel that a field closer to the high school is better for safety and security for our athletes and all of the people attending the events. It is a beautiful setting behind Beacon High School and we feel it is a great place to grow our athletic programs.
Will Hammond Field still be utilized by the district?
Yes, Hammond Field will be still used for practices and some games. The track will remain at Hammond Field and be repaired as part of this project. We know that the community uses the track quite a bit so we wanted it to stay at Hammond Field.
Are turf fields safe?
A. We refer to the New York Department of Health on this subject :
In short, according to the New York Department of Health, injuries to athletes occur at the same rates on turf fields as they do on grass fields. The department also states that “based on all the available information, chemical exposure from crumb rubber in synthetic turf do not pose a public health hazard.”
We know that most of the area school districts and many across the country utilize turf fields. If the project is approved, we will work with the architects while they are preparing the plans and specifications to submit to New York State for approval. We will have a year before we even put out bids for the work on this project and during that time we will work on getting the best and safest turf field for our students.
Q. The project shows that Rombout is getting air conditioning on the second floor. What about the elementary schools?
A. We realize that the classrooms in the elementary schools and middle school are hot when the temperatures are in the 80’s and 90’s in the early Fall and the late Spring. We included the middle school in this project because the second floor of the West wing is so hot that the students have to be moved to different locations. Air conditioning in the elementary schools is on the list to consider for the next capital project. In the meantime, we will explore other ways to reduce the heat in our elementary classrooms.
Q. How will this capital project affect my school taxes?
A. There will be no increase in school taxes for this capital project if it is approved by the voters. We have some older debt being paid off at the same time that the new debt from this project will begin.
Q. Are we funding the entire capital project with new debt?
A. No. We have some remaining EXCEL aid that we can use for the health and safety and ADA upgrades in this project. We also have $1 million in a capital reserve that will be used. Finally we receive 66.9% building aid to offset the total amount that we will need to borrow.
Q. Will the students be affected by construction?
A. Construction will be done on the summer break of 2019 or on night shifts.