SCARSDALE, N.Y. - After two years, the Scarsdale School District is moving forward with several capital projects that will make sweeping improvements at all seven local schools.
In December 2014, voters approved an $18 million bond to update, expand and improve the district, and its taken nearly two years to secure the necessary funding, buoyed by nearly $2 million in donations from the Scarsdale Schools Education Foundation.
According to district officials, they opened construction bids last month, with mixed results.
The base bids for construction related to the bond came in at about 15 percent higher than anticipated, though alternate bids for renovations of an all-purpose music room at the Middle School, a Design Lab and upgraded Fitness Center at the High School came in under budget.
“As you know, we have been fortunate that the Scarsdale Schools Education Foundation generously offered to provide extensive funding to support the Design Lab ($1.8 million) and Fitness Center ($800,000),” Superintendent Thomas Hagerman said. The district will use $500,000 in capital funds to complete the necessary funding.
As part of the renovations of a possible Learning Commons , the district is prepared to renovate half of gyms A and B to construct a new, 6,200-square-foot fitness center that will benefit both students and student-athletes alike.
At Edgewood Elementary School, the library is scheduled to be expanded and relocated farther away from the main entrance. This was originally two separate projects, but it was determined that combining them would be most cost-efficient for the district.
Other improvements include new multipurpose and group instruction spaces at Heathcote Elementary and a new roof at Quaker Ridge.
Construction on the Fitness Center and Design Lab is expected to begin this year, with completion planned for the beginning of the next academic year.