Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bath Board of Education to present proposed capital project to voters in May

At its March 17 meeting, the Bath (Haverling) Central School District Board of Education unanimously approved the presentation of a $35.4 million proposed capital project to voters on May 17, 2016.
Highlights of the project include creating new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) suites at the middle and high schools, renovation of the primary school cafeteria and kitchen, renovation of the middle school cafeteria, infrastructure upgrades and athletic field reconfigurations, including a new state-of-the-art turf field for the football stadium.
The project takes advantage of the district’s building aid reimbursement rate of 92 percent and will result in no additional tax impact to the community.
Several informal presentations will take place throughout the community prior to the formal budget/capital project presentation on May 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Haverling Auditorium. The public referendum on the budget and capital project is set for May 17 from noon to 8:00 p.m. in the Bath Central School District Office.
In other updates from the Board of Education:
Although some details of the 2016-17 budget have yet to be finalized, the Board of Education has determined that the district will release a budget for voter approval in the near future which will result in a decrease in the tax rate. The property tax cap for Bath Central School is -0.34 percent. The district will use any new aid from the state, savings from shared services and fund balance carryover from the current 2015-16 school year budget to maintain all programs and reduce the tax levy. The property tax rate will be reduced for the third consecutive year and is projected to remain below levels from the 2010-11 school year.
The district will have two vacancies on the Board of Education up for election in May. The seats currently held by President Michael Mishook and member Scott Ward will expire on June 30, 2016. Both incumbents have indicated they will seek re-election to new five-year terms.
Qualified voters in the Bath Central School District may cast their votes on the proposed 2016-17 budget, proposed capital project and the school bus referendum and elect two candidates to the Board of Education on statewide voting day, Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from noon to 8:00 p.m. in the Bath District Office.