CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BREWSTER HIGH SCHOOL STAFF AND STUDENTS FOR EARNING THE SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION AWARD FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR!!!!
WEATHER NEWS -School is on time today.
Please refer to the following stations for possible weather delays:
Middle School – Summer 2017 – Summer 2018
Upon completion of the middle school, the performance center stage, gymnasium, and walking track
will be available for use. During the summer of 2018 we will move half the elementary into the middle
school, then begin remodel of the elementary school.Remodeling will be done in two phases.
Elementary Remodel – Summer 2018 – Summer 2019
During the remodel of the elementary school, half of the students will occupy the new middle school, the
other half will remain in the elementary school and move as the remodel schedule dictates. In the summer
of 2019, the middle school will be once again restored to new. Both elementary and middle school will be
High School – Summer 2019 – Summer 2020
During the summer of 2019 the track will be completed so it can be used in the spring of 2020.
Students will remain in the high school and move as remodeling schedule dictates. In addition, the
main gym, shop area, and kitchen will remain as needed, then be remodeled.
As we move forward with the bond proposal there are a few community items on the list.
First, the performance center/gym. As mentioned this is on track to be completed by the
summer of 2018. When the bleachers are pulled out for a stage performance, community event or movie
viewing, they will hold about 900 individuals. The gym floor is a regulation high school sized gym floor
for sporting events. The walking track also scheduled to be completedthe summer 2018 and is a part of
the middle school performance center/gym. The walking track will beabout 375 ft. in circumference.
It will have 3, 3-foot lanes and windows on the south and east side for viewing.
An electric key system will be used to monitor use and regulate usage times.
Next is the pool cover. The pool cover was added to the bond proposal as a way provide additional opportunities
to our kids and community. There are many variables that must fall into place for this particular
bond proposal item to work out. First, there are about $300,000 worth of pool updates that need to take place.
These updates would make the pool usable for another 25+ years. These updates would then allow for a quality
retractable cover to be put into place that should last just as long. We are currently actively pursuing grants that would
cover the cost of the necessary pool updates. If a grant is not obtained, then a decision to upgrade the pool
with the bond proposal funds would need to be made. In other words, is it better to have a pool for the next
25 years without a cover, or no pool at all? The city and the school district are working together to make this a
reality. Three important considerations are the costs of updating the pool, the costs of a pool cover, and costs
associated with maintaining the pool for more days than it is currently being used.
When you add additional days, there are increased costs. There is the cost of life guards, pool management,
and as the weather changes, additional energy costs in keeping the pool warm for use. So while putting
a cover over the pool would provide year around use, there would be a concern about the amount of use
that could be afforded, especially during the colder months and a decision would have to be made as to
whether or not it made fiscal sense to keep it open. The pool can only be open if it brings in enough revenue
to pay expenses. Ultimately, if for any reason the necessary items do not align for the pool and pool cover, the money in the
bond proposal would be turned back to the people.That amount is about $300,000. Likely the pool items
would be one of the last items to be worked on, allowing the opportunity to pursue grants.
Our last item is the community library. The bond proposal discussed moving the community library
from its current location to the school campus. This move could provide a nicely updated space
with top of the line technology and access to other spaces as needed. In addition, it would increase the book
inventory for student access through community library usage. Students would be required to
have a signed permission slip to use the community library during school hours. With the current timeline, the elementary remodel
will be the summer 2018 - summer 2019. The community library would be a part of the elementary remodel.
There are four key stakeholders in making a decision like this. The North Central Regional Library (NCRL,
the umbrella of our local library), the city of Brewster, the school district and the community. There have
been numerous meetings with NCRL, school district and city of Brewster to look at the various issues that
must be met to allow such a move. School District laws are stricter than those for the community library.
You will be receiving an additional newsletter concerning concerning the community library on its own. In that newsletter
we will be asking for your input about continuing the library in its current location or moving it to the
school district campus.