Deer Park Schools Going for Bond in November
On behalf of the Deer Park Board of Education, staff, students and families, I would like to thank each community member who attended a Community Conversation regarding our upcoming Capital Improvement project at Amity Elementary. As a result of your very thoughtful and helpful feedback, our team listened and strengthened the comprehensive plan to move forward. Your voice of support was key to the Deer Park Board of Education’s decision to be on the November 8, 2016 ballot to renovate and enhance Amity Elementary, which will result in a 21st Century K-6 Elementary School.
The Amity Project is an exciting next step for our school community. Our District already has much to celebrate and so many people to thank. We could not do what we do without the tremendous community support. In the past three years, we have expanded our college and career readiness curriculum, introduced the Career Academies, implemented new technology at all grade levels, renovated the lower level of the Jr./Sr. High School into an interactive, state-of-the-art, first-of-its-kind learning space, and secured private funding for the new turf field at C.R. Piercy Field. These investments in our students’ futures are possible because of the support, dedication, and hard work of our community. We are changing the educational landscape not only here in Deer Park, but also across our region. Three years later, we are still thanking all those who believed in the district’s vision.
In 2013, the community said they wanted the operating levy to last five years and we will exceed that commitment. Due to strong fiscal oversight and planning, our operating budget is healthy, which means we will not need another operating levy until at least 2020. However, we cannot ignore the structural needs of Amity. We know many of the temporary fixes to our elementary schools allowed us to get by, but they are not sustainable, do not benefit the community, nor do they strengthen our schools as a whole. This November, the Deer Park Board of Education is placing a $25 million bond issue on the ballot to renovate and place an addition onto Amity Elementary, making it a K-6 building.
The timing is right for this project. Deer Park has a good credit rating by Standard and Poor’s Rating Agency, our operating budget is healthy, and we have no outstanding Bonds. The proceeds from a $25 million bond issue will allow us to implement many of the community’s wants and needs, which directly benefit our schools and students. Our voters know that the Deer Park Community City School District will utilize the bond proceeds wisely to continue its tradition of academic excellence.
Since appointed as the Deer Park Schools Superintendent, I have known Deer Park to be a community of neighbors who recognize opportunity and value strong investment in the future of our students. Truly, one of the best programs our taxpayers can invest in is the public schools. Thank you Deer Park for making this all possible.
Superintendent, Deer Park Schools
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