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Somers School District Proposes $13.6M Bond For Renovations

Somers Middle School, pictured, would received a new security vestibule and some roof work as part of a proposed $13.6 million bond package.
Somers Middle School, pictured, would received a new security vestibule and some roof work as part of a proposed $13.6 million bond package. Photo Credit: File Photo

SOMERS, N.Y. -- Somers Central School District residents will get to vote on a $13.6 million bond package that includes renovations for all four school buildings.

“It has been some time since we invested in the infrastructure of Somers schools, a very long time," a school district video promoting the bond states.

Almost half of the bond, or just above $6 million, would go towards roof replacements for each school. Specifically, the roof work would include a total replacement at Primrose Elementary School, replacing 85 percent of the roof at Somers Intermediate School, replacing 17,000 square feet of roof at Somers Middle School and replacing 21,000 square feet of roof at Somers High School.

Other expensive aspects of the bond package, the video adds, include work on ventilation and temperature controls, which comes in just below $3 million, and work on air cooling, which is more than $600,000.

The bond package, the video continues, includes the installation of security vestibules at Primrose and at the middle school; installing security cameras and upgraded public address systems; and a renovation of the high school's auditorium to include a new sound system, new lighting and new seating.

The high school athletic grounds would also get new seating and new fencing, the video adds.

The tax impact from the bond, according to the announcement, would result in an annual increase of $12.06 for the average single-family house, which has an assessed value of $68,901. The average condo owner, which an assessed value of $22,822, would see an annual tax hike of $3.99.

The bond vote is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, which is the same day that voters will weigh in on the proposed 2016-17 budget and on school board seats that are up for election. Polls will be open at the middle school from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Information on the bond package is available on the school district's website.

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