R O S L Y N P U B L I C S C H O O L S
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
n 2005, the Roslyn School District embarked on an ambitious, multi-year program to address facilities issues throughout the district. During the 2005-06 school year, a professional firm engaged by the Board of Education, BJLJ Engineers and Architects, presented a comprehensive report which identified more than $20 million in possible capital projects.
In the ensuing years, the district has undertaken a large number of renovations, upgrades and repairs in every school building, beginning with the most urgent items that affected safety or security and progressing steadily through the others. These projects involved roofs, doors, windows, floors, masonry, site work and many other items, as well electrical, ventilation, plumbing and security systems. The architects' report has been perdiodically updated, and new projects are initiated each year.
The links at the bottom of the page comprise a pictorial history of some of the projects that have been undertaken since the 2005-06 school year. This is not intended to be a comprehensive review of every one of the thousands of items addressed since 2005. Rather, it provides a broad overview of the extent of the work done in recent years.
Current and Upcoming Projects:
• A special proposition approved on May 20, 2008 authorized the Board to expend $1.5 million from the Capital Reserve Fund for masonry repairs, sanitary system upgrades, site work including drainage, asphalt, concrete sidewalks and parking lots, resurfacing the high school track, renovating high school courtyards, restoring the middle school athletic fields, window repairs and replacements, plumbing upgrades, electrical upgrades, general construction including repair of loading docks, stairs and door replacements, renovation or replacement of floors and gymnasium bleachers, and the renovation of the middle school auditorium.
• A special proposition approved on May 19, 2009 authorized the Board to expend $938,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund for drainage upgrades, repair of asphalt and concrete sidewalks and parking lots, Administration Building fire alarm upgrade and basement code compliance, masonry restoration, district-wide plumbing and electrical Upgrades, and window amd door replacements and repairs.
• A special proposition approved on May 18, 2010 authorized the Board to expend $3,000,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund for improvements including repair to asphalt and sidewalks; renovation of the Roslyn High School cafeteria; renovation of the Field House at Roslyn High School; District-wide plumbing upgrades including the renovation of bathrooms throughout the district, replacement or repair of the roof at the Maintenance Building; and District-wide repair and replacement of doors and windows. Supplemental funding was provided by State grants for the high school cafeteria ($350,000) and field house ($100,000) and an additional contribution for the field house ($100,000) from the Bulldogs Booster Club.
None of these referenda entailed additional increases in taxes. All were passed by wide margins. You may note that some of the project descriptions were repeated in several different years; this is an indication of the great extent of necessary repairs and upgrades throughout the district. Projects with the highest priority (e.g., those affecting health and safety) have been given priority, while less urgent ones have been funded in subsequent years. By law, virtually all projects require approval by the State Education Department and are subject to competitive bidding, both of which are time-consuming processes. Therefore, many projects cannot be completed in the year immediately following the referendum by which it was authorized, and projects approved in one year often overlap with projects approved in a later year.
Two other major capital initiatives were also undertaken in recent years. In 2007, the Bulldog Boosters Association led a fundraising effort to install an artificial turf field at Roslyn High School. In 2008, the district entered into an energy performance contract in which widespread upgrades and renovations are paid for by the resulting energy savings. Neither of these initiatives entailed additional tax increases. There are links for both of these items below.
To review the most recent Capital Fund Financial Report, click here.
If you have questions about the capital program, please contact Thomas Mohrman, Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations, at 516-801-5450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Projects – Summer 2005
• Roof Repairs – 2005-06
• High School Auditorium Reopens – January 2007
• Turf Field Installation – Summer/Fall 2007
• Energy Performance Contract – 2008-10
• Spring/Summer Projects – 2009