Long Range Facilities Plan

The Town and Board of Education engaged the services of Tecton Architects in 2015-16 to conduct a comprehensive study of all the Somers Public School’s facilities. The intent was to determine the extent of needed repairs in order to develop a fiscal plan. Tecton conducted thorough inspections of the schools and developed a report with its recommendations. In the summer of 2017, Somers Public Schools met with Tecton to better understand the report.

During the fall of 2017, members of the Somers Public Schools
Leadership Team met frequently to identify other projects not included in the Tecton Facilities Report, prioritize all projects, discuss financial impacts and possible funding . The team reviewed and prioritized the projects into four categories. These priority categories have
flexibility as they span years instead of being locked into a specific year. The team will re-prioritize items each year based on numerous factors. These will then be presented to the Board of Education and Board of Finance for consideration.

View the full Long Range Facilities Plan 

Tecton Report

Bond Referendum Information

Town Meeting Flyer - Bonding Referendum

View the Long-Range Facilities Plan for Bonding

Important Information regarding the Athletic Track
Track Facts:
• The current track is in serious disrepair.
• The track has been deemed unsafe to host track and field events.
• There have been no home track meets for the past few years.
• Physical education and other classes have limited use of the track due to safety concerns.
• The current track is not regulation size (regulation size = 1⁄4 mile).

Why the increase in costs from the original Long-Range Facilities Plan?
• Tecton Architects provided the original quote to replace the existing track with a new 1⁄4 mile track. The original quote assumed the current track is a 1⁄4 mile. It is not.
• As the School District started refining budget figures for the bond referendum, we engaged the services of SMRT Architects and Engineers. SMRT has experience in developing school athletic facilities. The engagement of SMRT was done to have a more realistic budget figure for a new 1⁄4 mile track.
• SMRT looked at the fields, made suggestions as to possible locations of a new 1⁄4 mile track, and provided the school district with an “opinion of probable costs.” The opinion of probable costs is an estimate based on observations of athletic fields and comparison to other similar projects.
• The cost increase is due the following factors:
--- Increase in track size necessitates a reorientation or relocation.
--- Natural grass multi-purpose interior field (soccer, lacrosse, field hockey).
--- Preparation of new location or reorientation (not yet determined).
--- General site work, preparation, improvements (e.g. bleachers, scoreboard, etc.).
--- Site utilities (e.g. drainage, irrigation, electrical, lighting).

Miscellaneous Information
• No location or configuration has been finalized.
• Final site determination will be based on the most qualified and responsible proposal
submitted through the mandatory Request for Proposal process.
• The Board of Education will approve the final awarding of the contract and site location.