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Capital Improvement Project: An Overview

Monticello Central School District residents will vote on a $110 million proposed capital improvement project on April 5, 2018.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

District 1: Thompson - Robert J. Kaiser Middle School
District 2: Bethel - Duggan Community Center
District 3: Mamakating - Emma C. Chase Elementary School
District 4: Rock Hill - Rock Hill Fire Department
District 5: Forestburgh - Forestburgh Town Hall

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Health and Safety

flooded pipesCritical health and safety issues abound throughout all district buildings, particularly at the high school, which hasn’t seen any significant updates since it was built 50 years ago.

Entire areas, including the offices of Pupil Personnel Services and one of the high school’s two gymnasiums have been taken out of commission due to flooding.

The high school’s boilers, electrical connections and heating andheating cooling systems are also failing and are unrepairable because they are so obsolete the necessary repair parts are no longer available. As such, many of these systems are unadjustable, leading to uncomfortable and distracting indoor temperatures, improper ventilation and even slippery floors, due to moisture condensation.

Inadequate drainage systems and rotting pipes often lead to leaks and sink back-ups, taking these spaces temporarily out of commission and interrupting students’ learning time.

toilet back upThis is merely a small sampling of issues that all district buildings face. These repairs will have to be made one way or another in order to keep all district buildings open and functional, whether through the capital improvement project or through emergency repairs.

Visit the capital improvement project's video series for highlights of some of the challenges that the district is facing.

Elementary schools

Monticello’s three open elementary schools are operating at capacity in terms of enrollment and physical space. The younger children of Monticello are spending their foundational years in buildings that lack communal and educational spaces. Chase Elementary School does not have a cafeteria. Neither Cooke nor Rutherford have auditoriums. There is not ample space to most effectively accommodate special education students. In a time when Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) programming is considered to be one of the most critical needs, no Monticello Elementary School has a science lab or dedicated collaboration space. Roofing, heating and ventilation issues exist throughout the elementary schools – creating leaks, damaging walls and uncomfortable temperatures.

Visit the capital improvement project's video series to take a virtual tour through each elementary school.


Currently, all pre-kindergarten students in the MCSD attend school at one location. In a district the geographical size of Monticello, this can create a hardship for parents. In some cases, this limitation causes parents to choose to not enroll their children in pre-kindergarten, putting these children at a significant academic disadvantage.

To ensure all of the students of Monticello have the opportunity to develop a strong foundation for academic success during the critical formative years, the district needs to create a pre-kindergarten program at each elementary school so that all children can attend a program in close proximity to their home. However, it currently is unable to do so, as each elementary school is at capacity in terms of enrollment as well as physical space.

Athletic facilities

Because of the fact that Monticello High School sits at the bottom of a geographical bowl, flooding issues abound throughout the building and its grounds, particularly at its athletic facilities, which are at the lowest point. When snow melts, or rain falls, the fields become swamp-like and many games and practices have had to have been cancelled because of flooding. In the 2016-17 school year, the baseball program had to delay the start of the season because of the condition of the field. The condition of the fields also leaves student athletes susceptible to injury from uneven, soft ground. In addition, there is inadequate seating to accommodate spectators, and the field is not handicapped accessible.

Although the district has always been aware of the needs of its athletic facilities, it chose to prioritize only critical health, safety and academic needs in the initial plan that was put before voters on Dec. 19 in an effort to keep costs as low as possible. However, after an analysis of the exit surveys which were offered to residents at each polling location, as well as feedback garnered from community events, the district learned that many residents felt upgrades to the district’s athletic fields should be prioritized. To accommodate these constituents, the district commissioned its architectural firm to perform a study and a plan for the athletic facilities, which has been added to the new proposal, which residents will consider on April 5.

Watch two Monticello High School students discuss the state of the current athletic facilities.


If voters approve this project, the project will be bonded and completed in two phases. The entire process leading up to groundbreaking, which includes architect design, construction management review, SED approval, bidding and contract awards typically takes around 18 months. The district is approaching Phase I with hopes of groundbreaking taking place in 2019. In 2022-23, it expects to begin the process of SED approval, architectural planning and bid solicitation of Phase II and bonding out the project in 2024.



  • Fixes all critical health and safety issues at all buildings in the district, more efficient and cost-saving energy use, including HVAC systems, plumbing, electrical systems, ventilation systems, structural repairs, pipes, draining systems, roofs.
  • Eradicates flooding at the high school
    - new traffic and parking pattern, including a new transportation center, to level the incline and improve traffic circulation
    - adds green spaces and pond to absorb and collect rainfall
    - new efficient draining and water retention systems
  • Corrects ineffective/obsolete learning spaces
    - Areas where the cost of necessary repairs is comparable to the cost of complete renovation will be rebuilt to 21st century standards.
    - New gymnasium, replacing current gymnasium that has closed due to flood damage.
    - Replaces current auditorium which has 50-year-old faulty lights, sound systems, curtains and stage and which cannot fit entire student body with state-of-the-art handicapped accessible theater, with all modern amenities.
    -Replaces current library, which has significant damage from roof leaks and cannot fully support comprehensive broadband internet connection with new library and media center, built with flexibility to accommodate current and future technology.
    - Replaces obsolete science labs that do not have gas connections or effective set ups with larger, science labs with collaborative areas and the most modern equipment.
  • Supports Monticello athletes
    - new turf to level and protect athletes
    - new fields to improve current flood-prone fields
    - bleacher seating and press box
    - fully handicapped-accessible facility


  • Ensures that all pre-school-aged children residing in the MCSD have the opportunity to begin kindergarten with a strong academic foundation
    - Establishes a pre-kindergarten program at each elementary school
    Improves functionality and space at each elementary school
    - new gymnasiums, science labs, special education/resource rooms, music rooms, cafeterias, auditoriums, collaborative areas and library media/spaces according to each school’s individual needs.
  • Keeps youngest students closer to home
    - Reopens Cornelius Duggan Elementary School, reestablishing Monticello as a district with a community school.

    Why is the district proposing to reopen Duggan?

    The district is required to maintain and upkeep all properties it owns, regardless of whether they are in use or vacant. If the school were to stay vacant, the district would still be responsible for rectifying all health and safety issues within the building. Reopening Duggan is the catalyst that will enable the district to support renovated elementary schools and pre-k in each building.


Tax Impact*:

Phase I:

$4/month per $100k assessed home value

Phase II:

$7/month per $100k assessed home value

*These numbers represent a “worst-case scenario,” calculated without taking into account existing or future capital reserve funds. The district expects to partially fund the project with these reserves, and if it does, these dollar amounts would decrease.


Please visit our Capital Project FAQs page to read the answers to commonly asked questions. If your question is not answered, please contact All emails will be returned within 3-5 business days and the answers will be added to the FAQ page.