Weekly Feature



2017-12-07 / Front Page

Maryvale seeks voter approval for capital improvements

$24.3 million project would not raise taxes
by BRYAN JACKSON
Editor

The public got a final chance on Monday to scrutinize Maryvale School District’s proposed capital improvement project before voters head to the polls next week.

(See editorial on page four)

A handful of residents attended a short public hearing in the high school auditorium by district officials and representatives from Young and Wright Architectural, the firm handling the project.

Below are key figures and facts to help voters make an informed decision next week.

$24.3 million

Cost of the proposed 2017 capital project, which would address all infrastructure issues rated “poor” and “critical” in the district’s 2015 building condition survey, as well as make other improvements.

$0

Impact on residents’ school taxes, if the project is approved. District officials maintained throughout the project’s development that by working with financial consultants and the architects, they were able to avoid a tax increase while still tackling the most pressing issues.

Infrastructure upgrades

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning system upgrades, roofing repairs, electrical improvements and masonry work would comprise a vast majority of the project. One highlight: air conditioning throughout the district, including the second floor of the intermediate/middle school building, where classroom temperatures can soar into the 90s.

Athletics improvements

Turf would replace grass infields at the baseball and softball diamonds, and a multipurpose turf field would be added within the current track. Additionally, a fifth tennis court would be added next to the existing courts beyond the baseball outfield and soccer field.

When and where

The vote will take place from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in the Binner Gymnasium, 1050 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga. More information on the project can be found on the district’s website, maryvaleufsd.org.

email: bjackson@beenews.com

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