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Remington school referendum vote Nov. 12 Q & A

Central Valley CSD mailed a newsletter to all district residents concerning the proposed sale of the Remington school building. (download a PDF copy of the flyer) The content of that flyer appears below.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, residents of the Central Valley School District will vote on a referendum authorizing the board of education to sell the former Remington school building to Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES for the sum of one dollar.

An advisory committee of school and BOCES representatives and unaffiliated community members met over the summer, reviewed the district’s options, and recommended the board of education sell the building to BOCES.

Why sell?

Central Valley does not need all five of its school buildings. CVA, Barringer Road, and fisher have been fully renovated. Jarvis Middle School is set to open in September 2020. The four buildings will comfortably fit all of Central Valley’s students with additional capacity if the student population grows. The district has partially offset the cost of maintaining Remington by renting to Herkimer BOCES since the merger six years ago. BOCES needs a permanent location for its programming and has expressed interest in buying Remington. School officials say continuing to maintain a building the district no longer needs is a waste of taxpayer’s dollars.

Why one dollar?

Central Valley will receive $800,000 in building aid for prior Remington renovations. Each dollar received in a sale reduces that aid by one dollar. So, if someone were to pay $800,000, the district would lose $800,000 in aid. In addition, without Remington, BOCES would need to build onto the W.E.B. complex in Herkimer to make up for the lost space. With almost 25 percent of the students in the region, Central Valley would be responsible for nearly 25 percent of the building cost. District officials estimate lost building aid and Central Valley’s share of a new BOCES building would add up to over one million dollars.

Why sell to BOCES?

Remington currently houses several programs that directly benefit Central Valley students. first is Pathways Academy, a program for current students who have been unsuccessful in a traditional school setting. Second is a program for high-needs students with specific learning challenges. Remington also houses an adult nursing program and TASC high school equivalency program. Central Valley students make up nearly one third of Pathways’ enrollment.

Are there other potential buyers?

Parts of the property were gifted to the district with the provision that the property remains in public use. The advisory committee determined the deed restrictions would make
it unlikely the district would fi nd a buyer willing to pay enough to offset the loss of revenue, increased BOCES costs, and increased transportation costs for BOCES students.

What about the athletic fields?

BOCES has no interest in the fields. BOCES uses the fields for physical education during the school day. After school, Central Valley’s athletic coordinator schedules practices and games, which would continue. Over the past six years, there has never been a point at which Central Valley did not have access to the fields. If BOCES purchases Remington, this arrangement would continue, but could not be formalized until the purchase is complete.

Could we sell the building and keep the athletic fields?

Because of minimum land requirements for a school building and deed restrictions, separating the fields from the property would be virtually impossible.

What happens next?

If voters approve the referendum to sell Remington to Herkimer BOCES, BOCES officials would present their plans to each of the 10 component school district boards of education. Voters in each of the districts, including Central Valley, would be asked to authorize BOCES to purchase the property.

When and where is the vote?

The vote will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Central Valley Academy small gym, 111 Frederick St., Ilion. To be eligible to vote, you must be a US citizen, 18 years of age or older and a district resident for at least 30 days prior to the vote.

Can I vote by absentee ballot?

Yes, if you cannot be present to vote on Nov. 12, you may apply for an absentee ballot by contacting District Clerk Marsha Griffith at 315-894-9934 or mgriffith at cvalleycsd.org or by mailing or stopping in at the District Office at 111 Frederick St., Ilion. Completed ballots must be returned to the district office no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Learn more at the Public Information Night

Join us at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the CVA Large Group Instruction Room to learn more and to ask any questions you may have concerning this vote. at Central
Valley Academy, 111 Frederick St., Ilion. Superintendent Jeremy Rich and the board of education will be present to answer questions.

Nov. 12 Vote at-a-Glance

Ballot referendum: Shall the Board of Education of the Central Valley Central School District be authorized to sell the real property commonly known as the Remington School Building,  located at 77 East North Street, Ilion, NY for $1.00, plus customary closing costs, to the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego County BOCES?

Board of Education

Kelly Rowland, President
Marguerite Wesolowski, Vice-President
Travis Costin
Matt Darrow
Jonah Levi
Jane North
Jason Sanchez
Jeremy Rich, Superintendent

Published by the Central Valley School District