The official results of 163 yes votes and 23 no votes is the tally of all in-person voting machine and absentee ballots.
“The community once again overwhelmingly supported the buildings, grounds, and infrastructure upgrades to the district campus,” says Superintendent Todd A. Crandall.
“The district is a shining light in the Silver Creek community. We thank the community for their support of the Capital Project.”
The $950,000 project – focused on campus-wide health/safety upgrades and deferred maintenance – will be paid out of district reserve accounts at zero cost or rise in taxes to district residents. The project including resurfacing the track, a new freight elevator, eye wash stations, and updated plumbing in kitchen pipes.
The track component is the centerpiece of the project. Resurfacing, at an approximate cost of $505,000, will likely kick off in Summer 2023. The track is a much-utilized asset for students, staff and the community for exercise, health/wellness and public events. Athletic Director Sean Helmer estimates the Black Knights track and field team has not been able to host a meet at the Silver Creek track for the past three years due to its condition.
Residents of Silver Creek Central School District have an opportunity to participate in a proposed 2022 Capital Project centered around improving campus-wide instances of deferred maintenance while increasing health and safety and enhancing the student experience.
The centerpiece of this modest-scale plan is resurfacing of the District track, which is currently unsafe for use due to surfacing wear and tear and deterioration, at a cost of approximately $505,000. Other suggested improvements noted in the proposed 2022 Capital Project have been identified through our five-year Capital Improvement Plan, and include upgrades to our freight elevator, installation of eyewash stations, replacement of sanitary waste piping and kitchen faucets, and security enhancements to District entrances.
All items included in the proposed 2022 Capital Project address health/safety, security, and asset preservation. The total estimated cost of the Capital Project is $950,000, to be funded through the District’s Capital Reserve fund, with no increase to District resident taxes.
You are qualified to vote if:
1. You are a citizen of the United States, and:
2. You are at least 18 years of age, and:
3. You have established the Silver Creek Central School District as your legal Domicile (permanent residence) OR
you are a registered voter in Chautauqua County with your domicile address within the School District.
Parents or guardians of Native American students who are enrolled and attend the Silver Creek Central School District, reside on the Seneca Nation Territory, meet criteria number one and two above, and have been residents of the Seneca Nation Territory for at least 30 days are eligible to vote.
The Silver Creek Central School District is required by law to provide military and absentee ballots for the March 16, 2022 vote. Applications for military or absentee ballots for voting on the 2022 Capital Construction Project may be requested from the office of the Superintendent’s Secretary/Deputy District Clerk.
Any such application must be received by the District Clerk (i) at least seven (7) days before the date of the vote, if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or (ii) the day before such vote, if the ballot is to be picked up personally by the voter. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots have been issued will be available for public inspection during regular business hours in the office of the School District Clerk on each of the five (5) days prior to the day of the vote except Saturday and Sunday.
Absentee ballots must be received in the office of the School District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 16, 2022. All questions regarding absentee ballots may be directed to the: Silver Creek Central School District Clerk, Dickinson Street, Silver Creek, New York 14136. Telephone: (716) 934-2603, ext. 1900.