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Athletic fields referendum back again but when?
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Sullivan West Central School District board has voted once again to put before voters the question of whether to use a reserve capital fund to add facilities to the school grounds for sports including baseball, basketball, football, softball and tennis.
Instead of presenting the proposal as a single project, however, the board has broken it down into several pieces. even though some on the board argued—and Hilton concurred—that going about the work in a piecemeal fashion would raise its cost. The first of the proposed parts will be a $1.735 million project to create softball, baseball and soccer fields at the high school in Lake Huntington, resurface the track that currently exists at the Jeffersonville campus, repair the nature trail there and conduct a district-wide energy audit. Two subsequent portions of the project, to come up for later votes, would include repairing the high school’s stadium turf with more natural turf, preparing the elementary school for new fields and dealing with problems relating to the restrooms, a fuel oil tank and the roof. The third part would complete the Jeffersonville fields as well as accomplish miscellaneous goals like replacing lighting and windows and addressing ventilation issues.
There was some controversy as to the best date of the renewed referendum at last week’s board meeting, with proposed dates ranging from this coming October to October of 2012. The first part of the proposal will most likely be voted on in October or November of this year.