Project Introduction - Why Now?
The proposed capital project was approved by district voters on November 13, 2018, 138-36.
In the coming months, please check this section frequently for project updates.
THANK YOU for your support!
Dear Community Member:
Every building, just like your home or business, requires upkeep to replace worn out, damaged and outdated items. Our school is no different.
During the last several months, a special committee made up of the Superintendent of Schools, Board of Education members, faculty and staff and community members met to determine and prioritize the items in need of replacement, repair or upgrade in all of our district’s buildings - - the Jr./Sr. High School, Upper Elementary School, Primary Elementary School and Bus Garage. After several meetings and discussions incorporating community input, a proposed capital project was developed. The proposed project is not the same as the project presented to and turned down by district voters in February 2018. Instead, the proposed project’s scope has been adjusted, primarily to reflect feedback from district residents over the last year, and addresses four major areas:
· Life Safety
· ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Compliance
· Energy Savings
· Standard Replacements/Upgrades
In an effort to keep our school campus as safe, updated and conducive to learning as possible, the Board of Education has decided to proceed with the proposed capital project developed by the special district committee by seeking public approval. A public vote is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., at the Jr./Sr. High School Gym Lobby. Prior to the vote, there will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, October 30, at 6:30 p.m., at the Jr./Sr. High School Library, to give community members an opportunity to learn more about the proposed capital project and to ask questions.
Due to sound fiscal planning by the Westmoreland Central School District and the benefit of state aid, the proposed $7,435,800 capital project carries no tax increase. If approved by voters, state aid will fund at least 85 percent of the project. The local share of the capital project, or what district taxpayers are responsible for, will be offset by using funds already saved in the district’s capital reserve account, allowing for no tax increase.
Please utilize this special section on our website to learn more about the proposed capital project.
As always, the Westmoreland Central School District appreciates your support and feedback.