February 9, 2021 Capital Project Vote

Proposal Would Enable Critical Health & Safety Work and Programmatic Improvements

Logo that says "Our Schools Our Future"In a Feb. 9, 2021 vote, Niskayuna voters will decide on a proposed $79 million investment in facilities improvements across the district. Voters will consider two propositions that include significant renovations and a classroom additions at the middle school level, critical health and safety projects across the district, and outdoor athletic improvements.

  • Proposition #1: $62.24 million total with no tax rate impact
  • Proposition, $16.78 million in additional improvements with a tax rate impact for two years only (This equates to $7 per month for a home assessed at $300,000, for 2023 and 2024 only)

Why Now?

  • Timed with Paying Off Debt:  In the coming years, the district will be paying off debt for previous projects – providing an opportunity to invest in our facilities while minimizing the impact on taxes.
  • State of our Facilities: Many aspects of our facilities are failing or in danger of it, presenting concerns about health, safety and usability for students. We have waited until this moment based on our debt schedule.
  • Our Plans for Student Programs:  Education is changing. How we support student success depends on improving our facilities.

Recent Updates

Capital Project Community Presentations: Jan. 25, Jan. 27 and Feb. 1

All community members are invited to virtual presentations on the Feb.9 capital project proposal that are scheduled for the dates and times below. These meetings will include a presentation from Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. and other district leaders and the opportunity to ask questions. Meeting...

Feb. 9 Capital Project Q&A

Scroll down to read all the questions or click on a question here to go directly to it. What happens if the proposal is not approved? If the work is approved, when will students benefit from the new space? When will the new grade-level configuration...

Video: The Feb. 9 Capital Project & Strengthening Middle Level Education

A primary focus of the Feb. 9 capital project proposal is investing in significant renovations and repairs at both Iroquois and Van Antwerp middle schools and getting them ready for the district’s future grade-level configuration: five K-4 elementary schools, a grade 5-6 lower middle school...

Absentee Ballot Information for Feb. 9 Capital Project Vote

Through both in-person voting on Feb. 9 and absentee ballots, Niskayuna voters will decide on a capital project proposal for $79 million in facilities improvements across the district. The purpose of this message is to explain the absentee ballot process. Any eligible voters who prefer...

Capital Project Vote to be Held Feb. 9, 2021

First Proposition, $62.24 Million in Improvements, Has No Tax Rate Impact The Board of Education has unanimously authorized a capital project vote for Feb. 9, 2021, that totals $79 million of investment in facilities improvements across the district. Voters will consider two propositions that include...

Capital Project Vote Anticipated for February

Progress on the capital project efforts has continued this fall with the completion of preliminary submissions to the State Education Department (SED) for a review of state building aid for the project and Board of Education actions to advance the process. The current plan is...

Please Join Us: Capital Project Community Cafes in August

We have scheduled a series of virtual community cafes in August to provide an update as we move toward a December capital project referendum and to gather input from parents and families, teachers, staff and students to help shape our long-range facilities planning. Following the...

Capital Project & School Configuration Update

The Board of Education has rescheduled a special meeting for Friday, Mach 20, to continue deliberating over the three school configuration options under consideration. This update represents the information discussed at the March 7 capital project workshop and the March 9 Board meeting. A decision...