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West Hempstead UFSD Hosts Building Tour and Bond Forum Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The West Hempstead Board of Education and administration invite all community residents to tour West Hempstead Middle School and West Hempstead High School, and to attend a bond forum on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The high school tour will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium, followed by a tour of the middle school. Immediately following the building tours, the bond forum will be held in the middle school cafeteria starting at 7:30 p.m.
    
On Tuesday, March 15, community residents will have an opportunity to vote on a reduced bond referendum. The bond has been reduced by approximately $11 million. The total cost of the reduced bond is $35,570,029. Approximately 35 percent of the total cost will be funded through New York State Building Aid drastically reducing the cost to taxpayers. Essentially, the district’s taxpayers will only be paying for 65 percent of the total cost. That means $35.5 million worth of work will ultimately cost taxpayers approximately $23 million. The cost to the average homeowner is approximately $285 per year or 78¢ per day.
    
The reduced bond includes the most critically needed items listed in the district’s five-year plan, including restoration/reconstruction of existing exterior walls and roof replacements to preserve the structural integrity of the district’s facilities; address safety issues, including compliance with the Americans’ with Disability Act; replacement of the public announcement systems; renovations to improve instruction and student support services; and renovations to the high school athletic fields and middle school gymnasium to address health and safety issues and comply with all Section VIII game requirements. All of the work originally proposed at the Marian M. Delaney has been removed from the reduced bond.
    
This is an important time for the future of the West Hempstead School District and the community. All residents are encouraged to attend the building tours and bond forum and to please remember to vote on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Voting will take place in the West Hempstead Middle School gymnasium from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information, please visit the district’s website www.whufsd.com.

 


Board of Education Adopts Bond Resolution

Vote Date Set for Tuesday, March 15

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Board of Education unanimously supported and adopted a bond resolution to present a reduced capital project bond referendum to the community for a vote scheduled for Tuesday, March 15, 2016. After much deliberation, the proposed bond, totaling $35,570,029, represents a reduction of approximately $10.9 million from the original bond defeated on Nov. 17, 2015. If approved, the cost to the average homeowner would be approximately $285.13 per year, or 78¢ per day.
    
“These are our schools, our children and our community,” said Board of Education President Karen Brohm. “As Board members, we believe we have a responsibility to our community to ensure that our schools are repaired and preserved, our children receive a quality education, and our community has a school district we can all be proud of.”

During the past several months, the Board of Education and administration held several community meetings in which they listened to the opinions and concerns of residents, carefully analyzed the critical infrastructural needs of each school with the district’s architect, and discussed every available financial option to further reduce the cost to taxpayers.

In the weeks before the March 15 vote, the Board and administration plan to host several building tours to enable residents to see first-hand the areas that require immediate repairs and renovations. In addition, a community bond referendum is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1 starting at 7:30 p.m. in the West Hempstead Middle School cafeteria.

The reduced scope of work included in the proposed bond addresses the most critical items listed in the district’s five-year facilities plan, which are: bathroom renovations to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act; installation of an emergency generator at West Hempstead High School; renovation of the high school library into a Library Learning Center; renovations at Chestnut Avenue School, including the complete renovation of the former public library space to provide needed additional instruction and support services; renovations to the high school band, orchestra and chorus rooms to better accommodate the music curriculum for both middle school and high school students; renovation of 12 science rooms and adjoining prep rooms into science/STEM labs to support the current curriculum; renovation of the family and consumer science classroom at the high school; renovation of the middle school’s tech lab and family and consumer science classroom/computer room; replacement of the outdated public safety/public announcement systems districtwide; renovation of the athletic fields at the high school to improve the quality of the playing fields and to meet all Section VIII game requirements, including the multipurpose field, tennis courts, running track, softball and baseball fields, handball courts and basketball courts; and the expansion of the middle school gymnasium to include spectator seating, as there is currently no seating available in the existing middle school gymnasium.

More information regarding the details of the bond will be provided in the coming weeks. All residents are asked to attend the building tours (dates to be announced), the bond forum on March 1 and to vote on Tuesday, March 15.