WCSD Capital Improvement Project Vote Dec 11, 2018

Hello and Happy Holidays to all Webster Youth Sports families!

We would like to make you aware of a vote to be held December 11 on a proposed capital improvement project related to Webster schools’ fields and buildings. These projects include both athletic fields and facilities upgrades along with technology labs, school libraries, infrastructure, and bus garage.

The project will, among other things, add significant lighting and turf fields at Schroeder and Thomas as well as have the school district acquire the existing Basket Road turf field, which will significantly increase the time fields are available for use in Webster. According to the school district, the project will have an average impact of $25 per homeowner but will not result in a net increase in taxes as it will come online as a current $25 per homeowner capital project when the current Willink construction capital payments cease very soon. Bottom line is we as residents will see no increase in our taxes.

Information can be found at http://www.websterschools.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=1582

Regardless of how you vote, the WYSC encourages members to vote on the project.

The vote is Tuesday, December 11th 6am-9pm at the Webster Schroeder High School gym, 875 Ridge Rd.

Further details on the many portions of the project:

The project will touch all 11 of the district’s buildings in addition to its transportation department’s headquarters. Highlights include key structural and facilities repairs; state-of-the-art media centers across all elementary schools, Willink Middle School and Webster Schroeder High School; phase two of playground upgrades to the elementary schools; upgrades to the libraries; renovations to the Webster Thomas High School Technology Education wing; improvements to the playing fields at both high schools; and district-wide parking and traffic-flow improvements. From a security standpoint, the project will include vestibule renovations at the elementary schools, district-wide radio conversion and security film installed to all first-floor windows, offering advanced intrusion protection.

Additionally, Webster CSD plans to enter into a partnership with the Town of Webster by making a one-time payment of $324,000 to the town which is the value of the surrounding land at the Basket Road stadium. The district will take over operation of the stadium, which is already an asset to the Webster community. The town will apply the district’s one-time payment toward the development of an open-air classroom at Sandbar Park, the mile-long stretch off Lake Road that separates the north end of Irondequoit Bay from Lake Ontario. The goal: to create an outdoor environmental teaching station where students can observe fish, turtles and other wildlife along the bay. The town is also looking to put in a boardwalk, noting that preliminary plans for Sandbar Park will come forth later this fall.

Thank you for your attention and interest!