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School District Proposing $56M Bond to Fix Aging Buildings

Community vote set for Feb. 4

School officials will ask Three Village residents to support a $56 million bond that they say is needed to make repairs to aging infrastructure in buildings throughout the district.

The plan, which is being called The Efficiency Project, includes upgrades to major building systems such as heating and cooling systems, plumbing and electric among other things. The age of buildings in the district range from 42-62 years old.

“There are no wish list items. This is window replacement, asbestos floor tile removal, work that we need to do.”

The total anticipated cost of the project is $56.156 million. According to the district, sixty-six percent will be funded through New York State building aid, which reimburses districts sixty-six percent on the dollar. The cost to the average homeowner in Three Village, according to Carlson is $120 per year or $10 per month.

“If we did it through the budget it would cost more,” said Carlson. “This doesn’t force us to chose between educational programs and maintaining our building maintenance. The advantage to the bond is that we still get building aid.” Carlos also advised the board to act this year while the state reimbursement rate was still high, which he fears could be cut at anytime.

The work would include upgrades to heating and cooling ventilators, boilers, plumbing and electrical as well as instructional spaces and areas of school security.

Some additional projects included in the bond are:

-Window replacement

-Masonry repair

-Installation of back-up generators

-Replacement of school corridor lockers and folding gymnasium partitions at secondary schools

Athletic spaces, including the high school track and field event areas and the exterior bleachers, will also be replaced. The district also plans to convert additional spaces to create a vocational program for the Three Village Academy.

District Superintendent Cheryl Pedisich said the current tax cap schools are being forced to choose between funding educational programs and performing needed building maintenance projects.

“This bond allows us to address that reality in the most efficient way possible and enables us to allocate our operating budget toward creating appropriate class sizes and funding programs and services for students,” she said.

A public vote on the bond resolution is set for Feb. 4. Polls will be open from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. 

EG December 13, 2013 at 04:03 PM
These repairs all should have been made throughout the years as ongoing maintenance. The needed repairs should have been identified and budgeted every year. Could you imagine a commercial property manager keeping their job after hitting their client with such incompetence after years of management? We spend as a community about 18k per student to have our children educated by a pack of morons. As Frank Zappa said, "We are so dumb they're lining up at our doors"
sman December 13, 2013 at 04:46 PM
How about we vote NO for a change. Keep taking our $ till nothing is left. What a joke.
justme December 13, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Vote NO. This should be included in the budget, not another burden for the already burden tax payer. The BOE keeps hitting us up for more money, but they need to find a way to stay within their limit..that's why its called a "budget".
justme December 13, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Didn't the BOE promise that the "Three Village Academy" would be self supporting and not burden the taxpayers? Why are they asking us to pay to build the space?
Moe Szyslak December 13, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Vote NO. This is just poor financial management by a staff that feels like they have an open checkbook and will simply guilt parents into saying "it's for our children". Meanwhile this should be part of the school budget. Nice that we have turf fields, but our buildings are falling apart. How about another PTA "fund raiser"? Oh yeah, where's that money going?
PCycle December 14, 2013 at 03:29 AM
..........Long Island public schools are a joke.....where are all the taxpayer's money going? DEFINITELY NOT THE CHILDREN....
Ohairs December 14, 2013 at 07:06 AM
Agree with all above! Count me as a "no" I'm barely making my own repairs on my house! Learn how the rest of us do it
Darrin December 14, 2013 at 07:50 AM
I say YES but portions of the upgrades needs to be removed like, Asbestos flooring.. If it's not broken and no dust particles are present then its 100%. Yes even for children to walk on.!! Leave the School bleachers alone.. We Don't need back up Generators in all of our schools. Give me a break with that one. Lockers are fine.. Dividing walls in the secondary schools are ok..Windows, masonry and Boilers is a must to save on ebery costs. I think these repair cost could be cut in half with my proposed estimate, and I haven't even inspected anything.!!!!
Its Over December 14, 2013 at 08:40 AM
Everyone should be demanding from the local congressman to remove the school taxes from our property taxes and put them in the state fund.
Its Over December 14, 2013 at 08:57 AM
Maybe they should've thought of this before they floated gigantic bonds to build extensions on each school which was totally unnecessary
Its Over December 14, 2013 at 08:57 AM
This is pure criminal activity those floors are fine if they're waxed and buffed I wouldn't be surprised if some of their friends are going to get the contracts
Vilhelm December 14, 2013 at 10:46 AM
It will "only add $10 a month to most taxpayers"??? First off I doubt that is true, second- even if that's the case most of us are paying 600 to 800 a month already. Just for the schools! Enough is enough already. If I ran a budget like the board of Ed did I would be jobless...
Vilhelm December 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM
And it's over hit the nail on the head. The asbestos is only dangerous when you break it up to remove it. It's perfectly fine on the floor like it is in every levitt house in three village that have asbestos floor tiles and also siding.
Tc December 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Nice timing.. Merry Christmas!! While your at it..u think u could install proper security infrastructure & measurements..Cushman Murphy was lucky to avoid a tragic situation the other day. What will it take to wake up this district??
Tc December 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Lets have an early dismissal because we have an inch of snow on the ground but let's buzz in psychos and ask questions later because that is our normal - "protocol?" Who the hell is making these decisions??
tea December 14, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Does it end in this district.. Bond a SCIENCE WING for the professors of SUNY SB kids, Fund a pre K program for the parents that want to work to buy a NEW CAR, VACATION. We normal residents can't afford to live here any longer.. Do what Town of Brookhaven is doing. CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS TO MAKE MONEY... The BUDGET SHOULD BE THE TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATION SALARIES... but most don't know it has nothing to do with this... Budget is BUSES, Sports, repair of building, lunch staff, aides. WE ALL SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT TO VOTE FOR TEACHERS SALARIES AND BENEFITS. The budget we vote for has nothing in it, most of the school districts expenses are teachers, Administrators and we the public have no rights to know... We need a list of every salary monthly to remind the public what they are paying for these people....NO MORE BONDS, can't afford it DON"T BUY IT.....Leasing of our educational system... that the bills to be paid fro the teachers etc.. Buses and Sports, activities have the parent that use them pay for them... Go get another INTELL/Westinghouse award WHO CARES SORRY MOST HOMEOWNERS ARE PAYING $1000 per month for school taxes.. Teachers and cops got raises from 2007 to 2013 how many of the rest of the public did. I'm a RN and my field is truly dead.. NO one wants to pay health care.... School District stop milking the homeowners...want pay out of your own pockets not mine...I can't afford the BMW..... 20 yo car is what I have to live on...
tea December 14, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Feb 4th for the vote why not during normal school budget voting...Hope that most of the school public don't vote and it can just be passed and no one will be aware... Try living on the budgets of the schools UPSTATE where the residents pay $1000 per year in school taxes, not $12-14,000 per year. Again stop the milking... decrease the number of administrators and teachers and pay for it this way...How about having the teachers work like the rest of the public....5 days per week, 8 hours per day, 1/2 hour for lunch....12 months a year....NO why should they......part time work should be part time pay without BENEFITS like the rest of the public...In my educated medical field we work 5 days, per week, 8 plus hours per day, overtime zero, and 12 months a year....If you work part time you get no benefits....The reason for the short hours and limited year was for the NEED IN THE FARMING COMMUNITIES and child labor needs..Why should the schools be closed for the summer, do we not have A/C today... we need to re look at our educational needs.. Stop with part time teachers at full time pay....
Its Over December 14, 2013 at 05:19 PM
If anyone is interested in removing school tax from property tax read this. Other states have done this with great success. http://www.ptcc.us/solution.htm
Its Over December 14, 2013 at 05:21 PM
The days of the teachers sneaking huge raises in the budget would end. This is a good enough reason for me
Vilhelm December 14, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Good stuff "it's over", just looked at that link for Pennsylvania. How can we get that to happen here???
Its Over December 14, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I'm not sure. Maybe we can start an online petition. If we get a few thousand signatures perhaps we can send it to our local rep
C Doxroe December 14, 2013 at 08:49 PM
I graduated from Ward Melville and I am proud to say that I graduated from this school district. Now, I live in the school district and I have a young son receiving services from the special education department. The staff at Arrowhead has been top notch and extremely helpful. Upon reviewing the bond referendum, I am perplexed by the need for a 56 million dollar bond referendum; however, many elements of it seem to have merit. Including the bond in with the regular budget would not be prudent due to the tax cap limitations. I am hopeful that the school district can come up with some meaningful cuts to the proposed bond referendum to make it more appealing to the public. As far as the Three Village Academy, by developing career and technical space on the campus of Ward Melville, Ward Melville can send less students to BOCES and save money on busing and tuition plus students can graduate from high school with a defined career path. This is something that I do not mind investing my money in.
Lucy Deeoge December 14, 2013 at 10:53 PM
The problem is the mismanagement Of OUR money. BUT we have to start going to to the Board Meetings. Otherwise this will go on and on and on. VOTE NO.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And show up to meetings. Let's get organized
tea December 15, 2013 at 06:17 AM
This school district I have been involved with 30 years. My son (2nd grade) beat up my a teacher for playing with a pencil in class TWO DAYS BEFORE HIS DAD DIED. 3rd grade thrown into a garbage can, didn't know this until he was at a board meeting at 19. My son spoke himself at the board meeting, Superintendent and top board member HOLDING HANDS under the table, everyone was aware. Left the district but kept my home. Came back in the early 90's my son was 15 11/12 didn't want my son in the drug capital of Long Island. Had him set up for NY military but they needed the school transcript from THREE VILLAGE, problem they wrote across it DYSLEXIC. Problem my son is not dyslexic. So they refused his admission..September I was now looking for a new school to place him. Threatened by the school administration and they came to my home to threaten me. "PUT YOUR CHILD INTO SCHOOL OR WE WILL ARREST YOU." Weeks before his 16th birthday and he could quit.. I had no choice, the mistake of my life. He wanted Electronics but they refused that program already filled up.. They put him in BOCES body shop... HE WASHED TEACHERS CARS FOR A MONTH.. This is what Boces was about.. He finally quit. He has no formal education because of THREE VILLE ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR and a child (adult) afraid of teacher. He has hands of GOLD and nothing he can't do...Might this not be why all the school shooting.. teacher and administration abuse.. My granddaughter came to this district. She had 5 leaning disabilities and Hofsta told the district just how to educate her. Problem the school refused to do what they required for her education. Finally at a Educational meeting one of the SCHOOL Experts stated "they didn't educate my granddaughter because they didn't like me or my son. This caused the school district to send my GD to private school at $30,000 per year. YOUR TAXES AT WORK. Problem they had already done there major damage that you can't fix. She did graduate with regents. She is looking into Legal ???? As far a ARROWHEAD my daughter had a super teacher that taught first at Arrowhead and then Minnesauke. He was the only teacher that came in early to teach his students GREEK and LATIN, just because he loved kids and his students. ARROWHEAD PRINCIPLE wouldn't allow this in his school. Parents were only BLUE COLLAR workers and their children weren't college bounded... The educated bigets of three village today.... I could go on and on but I have written this before and most of the district have there noses in the air better than the rest of us.. Educated students in the 3 R"s and make the parents pay for what they want extra.. Sports, pool, special programs that have nothing to do with the 3Rs. Buses cut in half. I lived in Garden City in the 1960's we had low taxes and I walked 3 miles to school..NHP Road to Herricks Road, not picking up every few houses. THREE VILLAGE Schools were paid for by Ward Melville in yet we have taxes to the extreme why... MISMANAGEMENT.. Cheryl Pedsich I know from the past... Clothes were the most important to her, special ed meant nothing... fashion not interested in formal education.. Special ed?////
A Stony Brook Resident January 26, 2014 at 10:54 PM
Sneaky bastards... Read the pamphlet I received in the mail yesterday. I have only Monday and Tuesday to get myself down there in person to register. And of course it's during the hours that I work and no where near a regular lunch hour..
A Stony Brook Resident January 26, 2014 at 10:55 PM
And it's too late to get an absentee ballot. How do I find out about this stuff earlier so I can prepare???
tea January 27, 2014 at 08:18 AM
Half the teaching staff and this could pay all the bills. Teachers Unions fight for them WHO is fighting for you?We should for ONE BUDGET VOTE not the game playing.. We all need to go to the BOARD MEETINGS I know nothing gets done. But if enough VOTE NO maybe someone will wake up. The new residents that work for SB only live here 6 years or lose there positions. They leave and you are left the bill. HOMES LOSING VALUE they blame on Student housing NO TAXES.. I have a small home in East Setauket and my home is over $1000 PER MONTH....does this make sense

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