HFCSD residents approve $16.7 million capital improvement project

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Hudson Falls Central School District residents approved Phase 1 of the Hudson Falls Future Project by a tally of 275 yes votes and 76 no votes. The $16.7 million capital project will address critical repairs and upgrades to meet safety needs and code requirements district-wide, as well as replace aging roofs, and modernize entryways at all schools, the high school library and auditorium. Please note that results are unofficial until approved by the Board of Education.

The District would like to thank the community for their support of this long-term investment in our schools and facilities. “We recognize that even during these uncertain times that our Hudson Falls Schools are the center of our community. We are thankful for the community’s support in making these critical upgrades for long-term, future successes,” said Dr. Jon Hunter, Interim Superintendent of Schools.

The Hudson Falls Future Project consists of three phases, spread across 5-to-8 years:

  • Phase 2 will entail further upgrades to our building roofs, fitness center as well as mechanical systems. 
  • Phase 3 will complete our mechanical and code upgrades and include special emphasis on special area classrooms (i.e. music, art, science and special education).  

The largest portion of the cost of this project is being funded by estimated state aid (89% of total cost). The remaining portion of the project will have a tax impact to our average home of $150,000 of an additional $7.00 per year; that number drops to $6.00 per year with STAR; or $4.00 per year with Senior STAR.

Why does HFCSD need a capital project to complete the work?

A capital project provides the opportunity to maximize state building aid to make urgently needed upgrades to our facilities. Approximately 89% of the cost of the project will be supported by state building aid.

What is the expected timeline for Phase 1?

Construction on Phase 1 should commence in May 2022, with an estimated completion date of September 2023.