Rhinebeck School District Capital Project Referendum Vote Scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 2 - 9 pm, in the Middle School Cafeteria

After a lengthy presentation and detailed discussion at their Regular meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the Rhinebeck Central School District Board of Education approved a motion at an October 18th Special meeting to seek voter approval for a capital project referendum in the amount of $12,089,160, by a unanimous 6-0 vote of the Board members present.


A Capital Project Referendum in the amount of $12,089,160 will be presented to the District’s registered voters for their consideration at a Special Election to be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 2:00 to 9:00 pm in the Bulkeley Middle School cafeteria. Additional detailed information about the voting process and the project scope details are available to the community on the District website (www.rhinebeckcsd.org).  A four-page newsletter was mailed to all school district postal customers during the week of Novcember 14, 2016. 


An affirmative vote on December 6th will allow the design, State Education Department approval, borrowing, and bidding phases of the project to be completed in anticipation of a Summer 2018 construction start, with an estimated conclusion of the project work in late 2019.


In terms of the capital project’s estimated tax impact, a homeowner in the Rhinebeck school district with an assessed value of $291,500, the current median assessed value of a home in the Rhinebeck school district, and a STAR exemption, will pay an average of an additional $78.03 per year over the 18 year life of the bond, in part due to the near-term retirement of the school district’s current debt service obligations for the 1997 addition to the MS/HS building. A tax impact calculator that can be used with the assessed value of a school district property is available on the Capital Project Referendum webpage on District website.


The Board’s action to bring a Capital Project Referendum, to the District's registered voters for their consideration was based upon the following process:


The planned scope of work will involve infrastructure repairs, renovations, replacements, improvements, and upgrades at both of the District’s school buildings and the associated grounds, parts of which include aging infrastructure elements, some of which are 40 to 60 years old. The last major capital project referendum was approved by District voters in January 2003, with a smaller referendum approved in March 2007.


The infrastructure-based project work, if approved by the District’s voters, will address safety and security improvements, climate control, ventilation, and lighting concerns, air and water infiltration problems, energy and maintenance support and efficiency issues, classroom and hallway upgrades, athletic facility restorations and upgrades, site improvements, various code compliance requirements, and cafeteria/kitchen enhancements in support of the District’s students and programs, their families, and the Rhinebeck-area community at large. The approved project does not include any additional square footage to the District’s facilities.


Please check the school district’s website (www.rhinbeckcsd.org) and local news media between now and December 6, 2016 for additional information. Direct any questions to the District Office (845-871-5520) and/or to members of the Rhinebeck Board of Education.


845.871.5520 - District
845.871.5520 ext. 5527 - Transportation
845.871.5570 ext. 6560 - Registration
845.871.5570 ext. 6551 - Special Education
845.871.5570 ext. 6560 - Curriculum & Instruction


Mailing: P.O. Box 351, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Physical: 45 N. Park Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572


845.871.5570 - Chancellor Livingston Elementary
845.871.5500 - Bulkeley Middle School
845.871.5500 - Rhinebeck High School