Questions & Answers
Q. What is a Building Condition Survey and can I see a copy of it?
A. The Building Condition Survey (BCS) is a State required process that all Districts must go through every 5 years. It is conducted by independent Architects and Engineers and Washingtonville’s can be found above or click HERE (The Washingtonville BCS was conducted by Keystone Associates Architects, Engineers and Surveyors, LLC.)
Q. Can’t the district institute full-day kindergarten now, or at least sooner?
A. Currently the District operates 11 sections of kindergarten classes on a 1/2 day basis, thus utilizing 6 rooms. In order to offer a full day program, the number of classrooms would have to double. The District does not have that number of additional classrooms not in use.
Q. Why was Round Hill picked for the kindergarten site instead of Taft?
A. The amount of space required was only possible at the Round Hill site. Because Taft is in the village and has limited usable land, significant expansion is not possible.
Q. What is the difference between work that gets included in the annual budget and work that has to have a bond vote?
A. The annual budget is for yearly operating expenses. A bond proposition allows the District to receive State Aid to off-set building costs. (Our District is eligible for State Aid at 72.8% of total cost.) Because of the costs associated with facility projects, it would not make financial sense to forego such Aid from the State.
Q. What happens if the facility bond vote doesn’t get passed?
A. The Board of Education will have to decide moving forward what the next steps will be as the infrastructure and building needs will remain, as well as the deterioration of current portables.
Q. Why will it take 4-5 years for the project to be completed?
A. The multi-year staging of the project is necessary because of the varying review/approval times necessary at the State Education Department, depending upon the type of work being performed. (There is currently a 40-42 week wait at SED for mechanical approvals.) Multi-year staging is also necessary in order to isolate work being performed when students are in session versus the short 8-week windows during summer breaks for work to be performed in the student occupied areas of buildings.
Q: How come this proposal doesn't include air conditioning in all the schools? You don't need to install duct-work and instead can install the Mitsubishi ductless air conditioning units in the rooms. The spring time and the late-summer beginning of school could be very hot and humid. These room's are not able to be cool enough by opening some windows and throwing fans in and all around the rooms hoping that this will prevent the rooms from becoming to hot. Does the school need to have multiple medical related issues in order for it to finally do something about it. What doesn't make any sense either is cancelling or closing school because of the heat. Well I can't see this being smart ideas, now the kids lose vacation, extra time off because the school can't afford to install ductless air conditioning systems. This is more important than some of the other things on the plan proposal. Thank you very much!!!
A: This response is from our Mechanical Engineer:
"Cost is the number one driver. If we used a traditional cooling only ductless approach you would also have to deal with the cost associated with electrical distribution, refrigerant, refrigerant piping and the mounting of large quantities of condensing units. Not to mention you still need to ventilate somehow when you're in cooling mode to meet the New York State Mechanical Code.
If you go with a VRF system you’re looking at 30 dollars a square foot installed. This includes all the piping, indoor units and energy recovery equipment required to meet ventilation codes. It's a terrific system, but costs money."