Oyster Bay-East Norwich Bond Referendum
Bond Project Update as of May 2017
Bond Project Update as of March 2017
At the Oyster Bay East Norwich Board of Education monthly Business Meeting held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, members of BBS Architects updated the Board on the Bond project.
The project plans have been submitted to the State Education Department for approval and were logged into their system as of September 15, 2016.
The State has currently reduced their review time from 36 weeks, originally projected for our project, to 16 weeks. If this process stays on course, we should be receiving our approvals in early 2017.
We would then proceed with bidding and award of the projects with on-site construction to begin at the end of the school year. This would place us ahead of our originally projected schedule.
The Board has recently interviewed construction management firms for the project and is currently in the midst of the selection process.
Bond Project Update as of August, 2016
At the Oyster Bay East Norwich Board of Education Business meeting on Tuesday, August 2, members of the BBS Architectural updated the Board on the Bond project. The project plans are being prepared to be submitted to the state for approval. It should get to the state by the end of this month. The state usually takes about 36 weeks for approval. As of today, the approval process is estimated to take 22 weeks. If that process stays on that course, the building should begin in late spring and summer of 2017. The project is right on schedule as planned.
Bond Project Update as of December, 2015
We thank the community for the continued confidence and support in approving both bond propositions. We are all anxious to move forward into the next phase of work.
Now that both bond propositions have been approved, the district’s architect will begin the plans, which must be submitted to the State Education Department (SED) for approval. By law, the district must receive approval from the SED for this work. We have been informed that the SED approval process can take up to 46 weeks. As a result, we project receiving SED approval by June 2017, with a target date for the fine arts expansion work to be completed by early winter of 2018. We anticipate that the security vestibules will be completed sooner, by the late fall of 2017/early winter of 2018, based on timelines including the bidding process.
Bond Vote Results
The Bond PASSED Thank You
On Thursday, Dec. 17 residents voted on a capital project bond referendum. The results are as follows:
PROPOSITION #1: Oyster Bay High School Fine and Performing Arts Expansion and Completion of Air Conditioning Installation in the Auditorium
YES 455 NO 221 TOTAL VOTES 676
PROPOSITION #2: Additional Safety and Security Measures at Oyster Bay High School, James H. Vernon School and Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School
YES 352 NO 312 TOTAL VOTES 664
The Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laura Seinfeld and administration thank all community residents who voted on the bond referendum.
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Typical Security Vestibules
(Note: the OBEN Vestibule doors will be all ballistic glass top to bottom designed to maintain the current look.)
Residents in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District will have an opportunity to vote on a proposed capital project bond referendum on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. at Oyster Bay High School. After taking into consideration the opinions expressed by community residents, the Board of Education has decided to propose two separate propositions for voter approval.
An approved Proposition 1 will enable the district to redesign and expand the Oyster Bay High School fine and performing arts wing, regain much-needed instructional space at the high school and complete the installation of air conditioning in the high school auditorium. An approved Proposition 2 will enable the district to implement additional safety and security measures districtwide.
Details of the proposed scope of work are as follows:
Proposition 1 Cost: $6,990,791
Oyster Bay High School Fine and Performing Arts Expansion and Completion of AC Installation in Auditorium
- Redesign and expand the music and art wing to better accommodate current and future student enrollments and to allow for greater flexibility to explore options for additional music and art curricula.
- Renovate three classrooms including digital art room
- Regain one instructional classroom in the main building by constructing new 3D art room
- Relocate all art classes to one area of the high school
- Complete the installation of air conditioning in the high school auditorium
- Install air conditioning in the band and chorus rooms
- Reconfigure and renovate existing choral room and band space
- Combine and enlarge band and art spaces, including storage
- Increase small group instructional space
- Install state-of-the-art sound recording systems for music space
- Replace three sets of first-floor corridor doors
- Expansion of OBHS will preserve the existing traditional architecture of the building, similar to the design of the science wing.
Proposition 2 Cost: $826,000
Additional Safety and Security Measures Districtwide for the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, the James H. Vernon School & the Oyster Bay High School
- Reconstruct enclosed main entrance vestibules
- Upgrade security card reader system for entry access
- Install visitor management system
- Install additional security cameras
If voters approve the bond, New York State Building Aid will pay for 10 percent of the majority of the cost of the proposed scope of work. An approved bond will also enable the district to take advantage of historically low interest rates, further reducing the cost to taxpayers. If Proposition 1 is approved, the cost to the average homeowner will be approximately 16¢ per day, or approximately $58 per year. If Proposition 2 is approved, the cost to the average homeowner will be approximately 2¢ per day or approximately $7 per year. The total cost of both propositions is $7,816,791. If both Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 are approved, the cost to the average homeowner will be approximately 18¢ per day or approximately $65 per year. If both propositions are approved, the bond debt will actually be $161,927 less than the current bond debt reducing the current increase for the average homeowner from $83 per year to $65 per year.
The Board of Education and administration encourage all residents to vote on Thursday, Dec. 17. For more information about the bond referendum, visit the district’s website at www.obenschools.org.