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Bronxville Union Free School District

Board of Education Final Message

To our Neighbors and Friends of the Bronxville School:

We urge all residents to vote on Tuesday, May 19th.

Three items are on the ballot:

  1. Election of school trustees;
  2. Approval of the 2015-16 school budget; and
  3. A proposal to appropriate funds from the capital reserve to reconfigure and expand Hayes Field as a synthetic turf field with organic infill.

Polls are open from 7AM to 9PM in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Elementary School.

We are sending this message today as Bronxville residents, taxpayers, alumni, parents and grandparents of current and former students of The Bronxville School and, most importantly, as citizens of Bronxville who have chosen to volunteer our time and talents for the betterment of our school and community.

Your school board for several years has sought solutions to the District's chronic shortage of field space. The key reasons why we unanimously approved the plan to reconfigure Hayes Field as a synthetic turf field with organic infill are:

Maximum Utility for Limited Space – The new field will significantly increase the available field time for Elementary School play, District-wide physical education, modified, JV and Varsity athletics and community use. Based on data we obtained, we believe current usage levels far exceed what a natural grass field can sustain while remaining in good condition.

Safety and Life Span – We researched alternative field materials extensively and analyzed the safety issues raised by some community members. We have satisfied ourselves that the proposed synthetic carpet and organic infill have been thoroughly reviewed and raise no safety concerns. We expect the field to last 12 years, and we intend to have an extended warranty that will be in effect throughout that 12-year period.

Drainage and Aesthetics– The proposed field incorporates an independent drainage system to address storm water runoff. Our architects and engineers have advised that the effectiveness of the internal drainage system and the flood mitigation project will not be affected by the planned removal of trees necessitated by the reorientation of Hayes Field. Landscaping is an important part of the plan, and many new trees will be planted as part of the proposal.

NO Taxpayer Impact – Through careful budget management, your Board established a capital reserve fund in 2011. The capital reserve has been used to fund, in part, the middle school science lab renovation and construction of a state-of-the-art auditorium. NO NEW TAXES ARE REQUIRED TO FUND THE PROPOSED HAYES FIELD RENOVATION. There will be approximately $400,000 remaining in the reserve fund after completion of the Hayes Field project, and approximately $250,000 in cost savings will be realized by completing the field renovation in conjunction with the flood mitigation project.

Compromise and Alternatives – The revised plan incorporates community input elicited at more than 20 public meetings, workshops and information sessions. It is based on years of study and examination of numerous alternatives. The proposal seeks to minimize team travel to off-site locations and maximize field use for recreation and community use.

The Hayes Field plan is one aspect of our ongoing effort to work with the administration to ensure our school maintains a wide range of academic and co-curricular offerings. The auditorium renovation for the performing arts, the science lab renovations and the anticipated Library Commons renovation are examples of this effort. Among our stated goals as a Board is the enhancement of academics, athletics, clubs, and the performing arts to create opportunities and choices for the benefit of all students.

For more information concerning the proposed Hayes Field reconfiguration and expansion, please visit the District's website.

Thank you for your interest and support of The Bronxville School.

Respectfully,

The Bronxville Board of Education
Denise Tormey
David Brashear
Chris Atayan
Mary Giuffra
Jim Hudson
Adele Murray
Jeffrey Rohr