Voters approve building projects & A/C
Big improvements are ahead for River Vale Schools!
WATCH: How bond proposal could improve River Vale schools & leverage state aid
Ready to repair, renovate & renew
For many of us, this past year has vividly illustrated the importance of being prepared. But even before the pandemic, River Vale Public Schools began an extensive evaluation of the district’s needs. It began with a Physical Needs Study in June 2019, and ultimately led the Board of Education to propose the district's first bond referendum in 20 years. The April 20 vote involves improvements that would shape student experiences and address building needs for decades to come.
State aid would reduce the local cost of those improvements by nearly one-third. Additionally, the Board of Education will use funds in reserve, like a saving account, to reduce the impact.
The projects, which will be grouped into three questions on the ballot, would have a wide-ranging and tangible impact at each of the district’s three schools.
FOR ALL SCHOOL AREAS
FOR ALL SCHOOL AREAS
A proposal to complete air conditioning throughout River Vale schools would improve the overall learning environment for students. Aside from enhancing students’ ability to focus on academics, climate control is essential for those who suffer from allergies and asthma. Since the start of the pandemic, the public has become educated on the important functions of air filtration and fresh air exchange.
River Vale’s school board already has made improvements in this area by purchasing specialized needlepoint bipolar ionization systems that work with existing HVAC equipment to help remove contaminants from the air.
New air conditioning installation will expand these efforts, as the ionization systems will be added to all new equipment.
The addition of Wellness Centers at the middle and elementary schools would help students manage stress and anxiety, which has only intensified with the pandemic. Students would have a chance to regroup, then return to class more focused. The centers also would provide dedicated space for wellness-related activities such as yoga.
The proposal to add outdoor instructional options recognizes that not all students learn the same way, while the wellness support underscores the reality that effective education is not possible without emotional health.
River Vale has already expanded programming in social and emotional learning; the proposed renovations will allow more space to help students.
The district has carefully maintained its buildings over the years. But the roofs at Holdrum and Woodside schools need complete replacement, as does a 2003 addition to Roberge School’s roof – that's a total of nearly 150,000 square feet of roofing. Worn classroom ceilings and floors also are ready for an upgrade.
The outdated “railway wing” layout of the Middle School creates jammed hallways that are a recipe for student conflict. By constructing an additional corridor, the district would open up dead-end hallways and finally allow for lockers outside of classrooms. Canopies at each school would assist people as they move about our buildings, with clearly marked main entrances, lighting for nighttime safety, and protection from the elements.
WATCH: Virtual Referendum Forum
Community members had the opportunity to ask questions about the bond referendum at an interactive virtual event on April 6.
Teachers and Principals
School counseling team members
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