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Building for the Future
Proposition No. 1
Capital Improvements
Project costs: $28 million
Designated for infrastructure, technology, accessibility, expansion, health and safety projects
State aid: $23.4 million
Capital reserve: $4.6 milion 
Tax levy: 0%
Proposition No. 2
Energy Efficiency Improvements
Project costs: $6.7 million
Designated for lighting and equipment that would increase energy savings
Tax levy impact: 0%
Project will be bonded and paid back through energy savings and will eventually save taxpayers money in energy costs in long-term
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How will my school taxes be affected by this project?
A: This project has NO impact on the tax levy. Capital reserve funds and EXCEL aid will cover the local share. This will allow the district to undertake a project that will have a 0% tax levy impact. 
 
Q: How much does this project cost?
A: There are two separate propositions on the ballot that, combined, total about $34.7 million dollar.The proposed work is divided into two projects, Proposition No. 1 is a capital project for $28 million, and Proposition No. 2 is an Energy Performance Contract for $6.7 million. The Energy Performance Contract will receive additional state aid if voted on separately. 
 
Q: What are EXCEL funds?
A: Expanding our Children’s Education and Learning (EXCEL) aid is grant money that covers projects in five categories: education, technology, health and safety, accessibility, physical capacity expansion/school construction or energy conservation. The aid is intended to offset the local share of a project to minimize or eliminate the cost to the local taxpayer. 
 
Q: What is the timeline if the proposed project is approved? 
A: If voters approve the projects in December, the district and our architects will complete the construction plans for review by the New York State Education Department with the goal of starting construction in 2019. The work will be done in phases with the final work completed in 2021. 
 
Q: Why does the project need a super majority for approval?
A: The school district must have a super majority (60% of voters) approval to undertake this project because it will be exceeding its constitutional debt limit prior to being reimbursed by the state. The debt limit, which is temporarily exceeded (for one more year) is due to the recent construction at MacArthur Elementary School.   
 
Q: What happens if this proposition fails?
A: The BCSD must have a super majority (60% of the voters) approval to undertake this project. Without a supermajority, no money can be borrowed for the project and there will be no state aid to offset the costs. Were the Board of Education to implement the work without the 60% approval, then it would have to be paid for through the district’s general fund, with all of the associated costs passed on to the local taxpayers. Payment would have to be made immediately instead of spreading the costs out over a number of years. If emergency repairs are needed to address these issues, school officials may have no control over when and how the emergency repair work is done to minimize the impact on the students. This circumstance would ultimately create more work and additional costs. 
 
Q: Why isn’t there an allocation for network cabling in the middle schools and high school?
A: Cabling will be installed in the middle schools and high school to support the 1:1 initiative through the Smart Schools Bond funding. This work is planned to be completed in 2019.  
 
Q: What is the energy performance contract?
A: The EPC includes lighting and mechanical equipment in our facilities that would increase energy savings. The EPC will be at no cost to the district and will, ultimately, save taxpayers money in energy costs over the long-term. The program is self-funded through energy retrofits and paid for from existing budgeted funds. The project also qualifies for energy grants. The project will include LED lighting upgrades, solar photovoltaic panels, boiler replacements, water conservation equipment and other energy saving improvements.
Facility Upgrades by Building
Binghamton High School
•Provide secure vestibule at
main entry
•Increase cafeteria seating
•Reconstruct sidewalks
 
East Middle School
•Re-grout deck and pool tile
•Replace starting blocks
•Renovate locker room
•Replace tech class dust collection
•Stadium structure renovation
•Band classroom expansion
 
West Middle School
•Repurpose pool to gym space
•Reconstruct retaining wall
•Replace tech class dust collection
•Replace kitchen exhaust hood
•Install accessible sidewalks
•Replace roof on field house
 
Benjamin Franklin Elementary
•Network cabling to implement 1:1 student initiative
•Renovate ground floor classrooms/ corridor/ toilet rooms
•Air conditioning in auditorium
 
Calvin Coolidge Elementary
•Network cabling to implement 1:1 student initiative
•Northside entrance –make handicap accessible
•Northside stairs – reconstruct, including new handrails
•Exterior masonry repairs
•Office heating and air conditioning
 
Columbus School
Replace building A/C chiller and exterior cooling tower
 
Horace Mann Elementary
•Network cabling to implement 1:1 student initiative
•Replace windows and exterior doors
•Renovate library
•Provide handicap exterior path to front entrance
 
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary
•Network cabling to implement 1:1 student initiative
•Replace exterior windows at 3-story classroom wing
•Provide handicap exterior path to front entrance
 
Thomas Jefferson Elementary
•Network cabling to implement 1:1 student initiative
•Renovate gymnasium
•Replace portion of roof
 
Woodrow Wilson Elementary
•Network cabling to implement 1:1 student initiative
•Replace exterior windows
•Renovate art classroom and family enrichment space
•Renovate main office
•Improve sanitary line from building to street
 
Maintenance Building
•Provide salt truck storage garage
•Provide masonry protective skirt to metal siding
•Provide interior renovations
Eligibility to Vote
You must be a resident of the Binghamton City School District for at least 30 days preceding the election, at least 18 years of age, and a citizen of the United States. You are eligible to vote if you were registered in the last general election or under permanent personal registration. To obtain permanent personal registration, contact the Broome County Board of Elections, County Office Bldg, Government Plaza, Binghamton, NY 13901, (607) 778-2172.
 
To confirm your polling location:
Call 762-8100 ext. 319 or email browns@binghamtonschools.org
on Dec. 5 call 762-8100 ext. 104
 
Absentee ballot application:
Any qualified voter who will be unable to vote in person on the day of the vote due to illness, physical disability, hospitalization, incarceration, or travel outside of the county/city of residence may apply. Applications must be received by the district clerk at least seven days prior to the vote. To apply, call (607-762-8100 x319) or apply in person (164 Hawley St, 3rd Floor, Binghamton, NY) from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The district will automatically mail an absentee ballot to each voter registered as permanently disabled with the BC Board of Elections.
Important Dates
 
Public Hearing
Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.
Columbus School 
3rd Floor Community Room
 
Vote
Dec. 5
from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.  
Polling Locations
 
Woodrow Wilson Elem. (#1)
287 Prospect Street
(East entrance by playground)
General Election Districts 1, 2, 5, 6
 
St. Patrick’s School (#2)
58 Oak Street (Main lobby)
General Election Districts 18, 21, 22, 23
 
St. Thomas Aquinas (#3)
1 Aquinas Street (main entrance)
General Election Districts 13, 14, 15, 16,
17, 20
 
MacArthur Elementary (#4)
1123 Vestal Avenue (enter by gym)
General Election Districts 24, 25, 26, 28, 29
 
Theodore Roosevelt Elem. (#5)
9 Ogden Street (Front lobby)
General Election Districts 3, 4, 7, 8, 19
 
Good Shepherd Fairview Home (#6)
80 Fairview Avenue (Auditorium)
General Election Districts 9, 10, 11, 12
 
Benjamin Franklin Elem. (#7)
262 Conklin Ave.
(Gym entrance off The Arena St.)
General Election Districts 27, 30, 31, 32
 
Sunrise Terrace Comm. Ctr. (#8)
Comprised of Sunrise Terrace
 
To confirm your polling location:
Call 762-8100 ext. 319 or email
browns@binghamtonschools.org
on Dec. 5 call 762-8100 ext. 104
 
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