A Town Hall meeting to discuss the Pelham Public Schools’ proposed capital improvement bond will be held at 7:30pm on Monday, Nov. 20 in the Prospect Hill Auditorium.
The meeting, hosted by the Board of Education, will include a presentation from Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and provide feedback.
Following months of study and discussion, the Board in October decided to move forward with constructing a new Hutchinson School as part of the bond proposal after considering the high cost of necessary repairs to the current building, the best means to address capacity, safety and accessibility concerns and how best to provide 21st century learning opportunities. Additionally, longer borrowing terms allowed for a new school make the annual cost to taxpayers comparable to that of similarly-sized renovation options.
After settling on the decision to build a new Hutchinson School, the Board has been reviewing other facilities needs across the District to decide what else may be included in the final bond proposal, which is subject to voter approval with a referendum likely in May.
In addition to the upcoming town hall at Prospect Hill, similar meetings have already been held at Colonial, Siwanoy and PMHS. The Board is hopeful of determining the final scope at its meeting on Dec. 5.
“The feedback we have received over the past several weeks has been helpful and insightful as we determine what projects are necessary to maintain and improve the District’s facilities,” said Board of Education President Madeline Smith. “As a Board, it is important that our proposal represent strong stewardship of our resources while being mindful of the impact on our residents’ taxes. We hope you will attend the Town Hall on Nov. 20 and continue to share your thoughts and ideas with us.”