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Hastings School District Residents To Vote Wednesday On Facilities Bond

The running track at Reynolds Field in Hastings would be replaced if a facilities bond proposal is passed Wednesday. Photo Credit: Daily Voice
The Hastings School District's ballot. Photo Credit: Hastings Schools

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- School district residents will vote Wednesday, March 26, on an $8.1 million set of school district facilities improvement propositions that include repairs and improvements to the district's three school buildings and two athletic field complexes.

The vote will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Hastings High School Cochran Gymnasium.

Residents of the district, which includes the village of Hastings-on-Hudson and a portion of the Town of Greenburgh, will have several choices on the ballot in the form of Propositions I and II. Voters may choose to approve both expenditures that include improvements to the three district school buildings and athletic field renovations -- totaling $8.65 million -- or choose to reject both propositions.

Proposition I -- To allow the district to allocate $8,081,147, including a $7.5 million bond, for repairs and upgrades to schools buildings, install a new running track at Reynolds Field and to build new athletic fields at the Burke Estate (opposite the middle and high schools on Farragut Ave.)

Proposition II -- To allow the district to use an additional $569,554 in district funds to arrange the new field at the Burke Estate athletic complex in a tiered layout.

District residents rejected an earlier proposal in October 2013 for an $8.1 million school facilities proposition. The earlier plan included the use of artificial surfaces on the Reynolds Field athletic complex, which met with opposition from a majority of voters.

The Hastings schools (football), recreation sports clubs and residents use the Reynolds Field complex that includes a running track that is in disrepair and can not be used for school meets die to its limited lanes. The Burke Estate includes baseball, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse facilities. 

According to the district's plan, taxpayers are currently paying $270 per household per year for the two existing bonds ($13.7 million) which will be paid on full in three years. Taxpayers would pay $155 per year beginning in 2017 if the new $7.5 million bond is approved.

To see the fill facilities plans and proposals, link to the schools district's web page or at the district's bond project site.

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