SCARSDALE, N.Y. – After doing extensive research, the Scarsdale Board of Education has prioritized the district’s top needs for a potential capital programs and made its recommendations for the upcoming academic year.
In all, the district has proposed approximately $20 million in projects that would be used to make necessary improvements throughout the district, including a complete technology upgrade and several expansions of existing spaces.
As the world continues to become more digitized, there will be a district-wide technology infrastructure upgrade that is necessary to provide high speed Internet access, as it becomes a more important tool in the classroom.
For approximately $1 million, the district would also replace nearly 35,000-square-feet of the Quaker Ridge Elementary School roof that has outlived its 10-15 year lifespan. John Trenholm, the director of facilities noted that the district has been able to maintain the roof with several repairs, but the time has come to replace it.
At the Edgewood Elementary School, the planning team has proposed expanding the library, and relocating the office away from the main entrance.
The Heathcote Elementary School would get a new multi-purpose room that would enable physical education classes to return to the gym, which is currently being used for lunch. It would also created a dedicated space for physical and occupational therapy students, who presently use the auditorium stage. The middle school would get a similar space that could be used for large group instruction.
The biggest changes would be at the high school, which would create a Learning Commons that consists of additional cafeteria space and labs for students. It would also involve the relocation and expansion of the fitness center below the new gymnasium. Equipment will be donated.
In an effort to be transparent, the district will host various meetings over the summer that will allow for the community to engage with school officials. The first meeting will be at 7:30 on Wednesday, May 28 at the Scarsdale Library, where there will be a presentation from the district’s architects and a question-and-answer session. Written comments can be sent to 2 Brewster Road in Scarsdale, or to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
- At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, at the high school, there will be a facilities steering committee study section, with the opportunity for questions and feedback from the public
- At 8 p.m. on Monday, June 9 at the high school, the Board of Education will welcome community questions and will provide responses at the regular Board meeting, which will focus on the Greenacres facilities study.
- At 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, at the high school, there will be an additional meeting to discuss the projects and to listen to feedback.
- At 8:p.m. on Monday, June 23, at the high school, the Board of Education will review community input and confirm and revise the projects covered by bonds. Board members will cast a final vote during the first meeting in September.