Residents in Dryden Central School District will soon vote on a $3M Capital Improvement Project, primarily consisting of the installation of a multi-purpose synthetic turf at the Middle/High School’s Volante Field.
That vote will be taken on December 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the district office located at 118 Freeville Road in Dryden.
In addition to the new turf field, drainage improvements will also be made, along with the addition of a new sound system for the field and interior corridor safety improvements made district-wide.
The proposal would build on more than $881K in upgrades already completed over the summer, which included a resurfaced track, new LED lights, refurbished football goal posts, new fences and a new scoreboard.
District officials say the project will allow them to host both physical education and athletics programs at the field, while also providing the town a side for other programs and events.
Funding for the project is completely covered by leveraging New York State Building Aid, managing debt service payments, and using the District’s existing capital reserve funds, according to district officials.
The project will be tax neutral, resulting in no additional tax increase for Dryden CSD residents.
Additionally, the District has made a second proposition to purchase a lot adjacent to the elementary school in preparations of future improvement projects.
Members of the community can learn more about the project by attending a public meeting December 2 at 7 p.m.in the Dryden High School Library.
“There are lots of things that make synthetic turf desirable and we’re really looking forward to that opportunity.” Superintendent Joshua Bacigalupi said. “Our core belief is that students come first, so when we have a synthetic turf field our students are able to get out there a lot earlier in the season for practicing which makes us more competitive. We’re putting money into our facilities because we value the experiences that our students will have and that our guests will have when they come here.”