Fairport for the Future 2023 FAQ
What is on the ballot for the October 12 vote?
Fairport for the Future will have TWO propositions on the ballot in October:
How can I procure an absentee ballot?
Why are there two propositions on the ballot?
What happens if one proposition passes and the other fails?
Why do school districts rely on New York State building aid to support capital improvement projects?
How did the District arrive at the $0 tax increase and $39/year tax increase numbers?
Why does Proposition 1 authorize “the levy of a tax” if this proposal will have no additional tax impact on local residents?
What are the themes of both propositions in Fairport for the Future 2023?
In previous years, there were more students enrolled at FHS. Why does Fairport High School need more classrooms for fewer enrolled students?
How is Fairport for the Future different than the referendum that was voted down in December 2022?
Fairport for the Future Proposition 1 DOES include much of the scope of work that was proposed in the December 2022 Capital Improvement Project, including a new suite of technology classrooms and a renovated library with additional classroom space at Fairport High School. The plan will also update the school’s tennis courts and expand staff and community parking.
Proposition 2 focuses solely on the Fairport High School track and field facility, which was originally part of the proposed 2022 project. In Fairport for the Future, the track and field plans will be separate from the work done on the Fairport High School academic building.
What is being done to the elementary and middle school facilities?
Work outlined in the voter-approved 2019 Fairport Forward project is ongoing at our elementary and middle schools as of Summer 2023, and will complete the District's suites of new Main Offices and secure vestibules, as well as renovating technology classroom spaces in Johanna Perrin and updated boiler systems at Northside. Our Facilities department constantly assesses and addresses repair issues and building needs at each of our schools as they develop using funds from the annual Capital Budget that is part of the yearly school budget.
The Board of Education and District administration are committed to the maintenance and modernization of our learning environments. Phase II of Fairport for the Future will feature renovations and facilities planning work at our elementary and middle schools. Phase II will be developed over the coming years with collaboration and input from community members and is completely separate from Fairport for the Future 2023.
Why is the capital project vote held in October and not in May with the annual budget vote?
New York State education law requires that school districts present a separate proposition for capital improvement projects. In addition, capital projects draw on a different funding stream at the state level (state building aid) than the annual school budget. We also are proposing the use of existing capital building reserve dollars as indicated in the proposition resolution.
Districts may - and sometimes do - have capital project propositions on the same ballot (separate proposition) as the annual school budget in May. However, capital project planning and development play a large role in determining a voter referendum date. Fall/winter vote dates factor in the time needed for design work, state education submission and review, bidding, and construction. Voting in October gives construction crews much-needed time to complete work across multiple summers while school is not in session. This reduces disruption to our programming during the school year.