The Bronxville UFSD Board of Education has voted unanimously to place a revised field proposal on the May 19 ballot.
The new proposal reduces the project cost by $400,000 (to approximately $1.8 million) and focuses only on the reorientation, surface and related components of a new Hayes Field. No permanent parking is included in the plan.
There is no tax impact associated with the project, as the funds already exist in the district’s capital reserve; however, voters must authorize the use of the funds.
“We are certainly pleased with the dialogues that have taken place in these recent months and the clarity that has been defined for those who had lingering concerns about the prior project,” said Board of Education President Denise Tormey. A number of those questions focused on storm water management, a topic that has been addressed by the district’s architect, who detailed the self-contained drainage/storm water management system that is engineered into synthetic surface systems.
The question of field space has been under consideration for several years, and multiple options have been considered (including lights, alternate locations, and partnerships with other entities). At the March 19 meeting, Board members emphasized that further delay was not a viable option, asserting that analysis and due diligence had been thorough and responsible.
“We have come full circle in terms of the analysis and input,” noted Superintendent David Quattrone. “To no one’s surprise or disagreement, we have an acute lack of field inventory and an enormous demand for field use. When we again examined just how much more we could do for our students and our community by reorienting Hayes Field and making it a synthetic surface, it was this administration’s strong recommendation to the Board to move forward with this plan.”
The current Hayes Field is neither regulation size nor suitable for high quality recreational and athletic performance. By reorienting, expanding, and converting the field to an organic infill artificial turf, the district expects to reap significant utility gains. For example, elementary recess and physical education hours will increase markedly. More than six times the number of available hours for fall sports and more than double the hours for spring sports will be realized. A synthetic surface is also a year-round, rain resistant surface, unlike natural grass.
Superintendent Quattrone also noted that under the revised plan, there is no loss of elementary field space. The district is expected to continue discussions with Village officials on the best long-term plans for parking improvement.
More information on the revised field question will be made available in the coming weeks.