Bond Referendum Vote--Feb. 14

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 7 a.m.-10 p.m., at Baker and South High Schools, qualified Great Neck Public School district residents can vote on the 2017 Bond Referendum. Critical and necessary capital and educational projects can no longer be funded within the regular budget cycle, or by using capital reserves and propositions. A Bond Referendum is now needed to fund these projects. As past generations have invested in the future of our schools, the current generation is being asked to reinvest in their schools through a Bond Referendum that will provide over 30 critical structural projects and 60 educational and building enhancements.

The proposed Bond would be payable over a 20-year period. The proposed amount of the Bond Issuance is $85,900,000. This figure reflects the appropriation of reserves in the amount of $9,507,955, deduced from $95,407,955, the total cost of enhancements and projects. The timing of the Bond Referendum is necessary to take advantage of low-interest rates, as well as taking over the debt service of the current bond.

Construction projects should take three to four years to complete, from 2018 to 2022. Most construction would be done during the summers to minimize disruption to students.

Educational and building enhancements provided in the Bond include: renovated library-media centers, reconfigured science labs, additional classroom air-conditioning, electrical upgrades, and renovated toilet rooms. With the average age of district school buildings at over 66 years, many need critical structural improvements, such as replacing windows, doors, and roofs, and reconstructing exterior masonry.

The Bond Referendum also provides funds for the conversion of the Clover Drive Building into a new Early Childhood Center at the northern end of the district, comparable to the one now located in the Parkville School at the southern end of the district.

Bond Referendum voting on Tuesday, Feb. 14 will take place from 7 a.m.-10 p.m., at the Baker School, for qualified residents who live north of the LIRR, and at South High School, for qualified residents who live south of the LIRR.

For more information about the Bond Referendum and vote, please call the district business office at (516) 441-4020.