Board of Education Sets Capital Improvement Bond Vote for Dec. 7
The Board of Education adopted a resolution at its Oct. 12 meeting to present a $29.97 million capital improvement bond proposal to the greater community for a vote on Tuesday, Dec. 7. The proposed capital improvement projects are designed around the security of students and the creation of new innovative learning spaces at every school. If approved, the projects will be completed with no new cost increase to residents.
“We are excited to announce our proposed bond referendum at no additional cost to taxpayers to upgrade our facilities districtwide,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni said. “The projects for each school were carefully researched to ensure they are the most effective and efficient way of improving our buildings for the success and safety of our students.” The referendum, if approved, will address the district’s infrastructure and instructional needs to create an environment that empowers students and provides them with expanded opportunities. The projects directly support district programs and provide students with modern spaces that are designed for group collaboration.
At Oyster Bay High School, the proposal includes the creation of an innovation lab by the library, the renovation of 21st century classrooms, the installation of a new turf field and the renovation of the school’s front entrance. Among the projects included at James H. Vernon are the renovation of the music wing and current music classrooms, as well as the renovations of the cafeteria, Butler building and the addition of ground storage. The project also includes the construction of a building extension at the Theodore Roosevelt School and enhanced security features at the administration building. In addition to the projects noted above, the proposal calls for a number of other improvements as identified in the district’s Building Condition Survey, such as window repairs, emergency security and lighting upgrades, door hardware replacement, and HVAC repairs.
The “new debt” from the proposed bond referendum will essentially “replace” a portion of expiring debt from an earlier bond, which will retire in 2023. The timing of replacing this debt is important to avoid any additional property tax growth for residents, due to fluctuation in the tax levy.
District residents are encouraged to visit the district’s website, www.obenschools.org, for more information on the proposal, including a detailed list of improvements planned for each school. The vote is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Oyster Bay High School Chorus Room. All eligible residents are encouraged to participate in this important vote!