Public Vote on Bond Referendum October 11, 2011

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At the regularly scheduled board meeting on July 19, the Riverhead Board of Education unanimously approved two proposed bond propositions. The community will vote on both district buildings and grounds, and the second, a $6.95 million bond proposal for a new gym/multipurpose room at the high school, on October 11, 2011.

"Timing could not be better for these bond proposals--
interest rates are low, there is great competition between the trades, and the district has very low debt," said Superintendent Nancy Carney.

The district put forth two proposals:

PROPOSITION I
1) The $78 million plan presents the recommendations of the Community Partnershipcpr
for Revitalization (CPR) Team, made up of community members and district employees, which met twice a month for the past year to evaluate the needs of the school district.
The proposal is for work that is essential to the maintenance and preservation of the buildings and grounds. This includes: replacing roofs and windows, heating and ventilation upgrades, and additional classroom space where needed.

SEE CHART OF Upgrades at each of the District's Schools. ALSO SEE: VIDEO OVERVIEWS

PROPOSITION II
2) The second proposition for $6.95 million provides for
an additional gymnasium/multipurpose room to be built at Riverhead High School in an effort to meet the need for adequate gym and assembly space.

EVERY BUILDING WILL GET UPDATED

summary

FUNDING / HOTLINE
The district will use $3 million from an Emergency Repair Fund to offset the cost of the bond.
The remainder of the bond will cost a Riverhead taxpayer who owns a median-priced home an average of $185 per year over 25 years for the first proposal. The second proposal would cost an additional $25 per year.

The district has set up a “tax impact” hotline and e-mail address to provide you with tax information specific to your property: 631-369-6823 (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or bondimpact@riverhead.net. Please have your home address ready.

FOUR VOTING AREAS
In order for the second proposal to pass, the public must pass the first proposal at the polls in October. Voting will be held at Riley Avenue Elementary School, Phillips Avenue Elementary School, Aquebogue Elementary School and Riverhead High School on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. (If you have any questions, please call 369-6708 or 369-6711.)

Detailed plans are available for review in the school district clerk's office. The school board will mail voters additional information about their voting station as the vote nears.


> BROCUHRE: BOND REFERENDUM BROCHURE
> PLAN OVERVIEW: FACILITIES PLAN, HISTORY AND LINKS
> Q & A: BOND REFERENDUM QUESTiONS & ANSWERS
> VIDEO: JUST WHAT'S NEEDED? - DICK TAVANO FROM THE CPR TEAM
> UPGRADES: CHART OF UPGRADES at EACH of the District's SCHOOLS
> VOTING: VOTING INFORMATION / WHERE DO I VOTE?

RCSD (Community Partnership for Revitalization) CPR Team
(September 15, 2010) The Board of Education and the Superintendent convened a task force to gather community and staff input for the purpose of proposing a Bond Referendum to address the district's infrastructure and space needs. All district residents, staff, teachers, administrators, etc. were invited to participate on this committee. > More Information

 

Related Link: Information about Capital Reserve Fund and its uses.