From the Superintendent's Desk

After three years of collecting information, researching options, and balancing district priorities, the Waterford-Halfmoon Board of Education passed a resolution to bring forward a Capital Improvement Project for residents to consider. On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, residents of the Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District will vote on a $15.18 million Capital Improvement Project to improve district facilities and address safety concerns.

“Our building and grounds are in good shape, but in the interest of our students, staff, and community, there are items we need to fix before they become worse,” said Superintendent Patrick Pomerville. “We have been mindful in planning this project to not only solve problems but to ensure our building remains a point of pride for the community.”

Voters will be asked to decide on two propositions. “It is important for voters to understand that it’s not one proposition vs. the other,” said Mr. Pomerville. “Both propositions are equally important to our district but certain reconstruction projects receive different State Aid ratios (Building Work vs. Site Work). In order to maximize the available reconstruction aid and create the lowest tax impact, we divided the project into proposals one and two.”

The first proposition consists of interior and exterior building work. It includes reconstruction of the main parking area to fix drainage issues, renovation of locker rooms and the Tech Wing, replacement of original 1970s vintage windows, and upgrades to the lighting in the main parking area. The second proposition focuses on site work. It includes replacement of the track, reconstruction of the soccer field, drainage, and retaining wall. The track has exceeded its expected lifespan, and ongoing drainage issues are damaging the back field and pose a safety hazard.

The Facilities Committee of the Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District has worked with district architects, BCA Architects, on addressing needs identified in the district’s Building Condition Survey. New York State school districts are required to conduct Building Condition Surveys every five years to ensure that taxpayers’ investment in educational facilities are maintained. The most recent report for Waterford Halfmoon UFSD was completed during the 2015-2016 school year.


Patrick Pomerville

Superintendent of Schools