HFCSD Board of Education adopts resolution for $16.7 million capital project

During its regular meeting on Dec. 8, the Hudson Falls Central School District Board of Education unanimously voted to adopt a resolution for a proposed capital project totaling $16.7 million. The project proposal will be presented to the public for a vote on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.

The proposal addresses improvements for safety and security district-wide, as well as the district’s most immediate facility needs, such as updates to aging infrastructure throughout the district’s school buildings; roof replacements at the high school and primary school; and modernizing the high school’s Library Media Center and auditorium.

“The board is very excited about the possibility of this capital project,” said Board of Education President Ben Bishop. “Our district leadership, March Associates, and the Buildings and Grounds committee have done a great job presenting to the Board a plan that strikes an important balance between school safety, infrastructure and potential enhancements to our library and auditorium while remaining cognizant of the financial situation school districts and families find themselves in across the state.  Investing in these areas now will not only enhance educational opportunities for our students, it also secures the entrances to all of our buildings which is long overdue.  Completing this project in strategic phases also helps to keep the district on a solid financial footing in the years to come. The modernization of our facilities has to happen and this project is a good first step towards that goal.”

For district residents owning a home or property with an assessed full value of $150,000 (the median assessment in the Village of Hudson Falls), the estimated tax increase per year for the proposed projects based on current information is $7 and $6 with STAR Tax Relief/$4 with Senior STAR Tax Relief.