Remsenburg, NY – Voters came out in a big way to support students Thursday, green lighting a Remsenburg-Speonk Union Free School District bond referendum by a tally of 118 to 21 that will fund repairs and equipment replacement, the district said.
The district will now spend a total of $3,365,300 for the repairs and equipment, with an eye toward addressing safety and security issues and meeting current building code compliance, district officials said.
A total of $458,658 in community approved capital reserve funds will be used to reduce the amount borrowed to $2,906,642, officials said.
“This was an important vote for the future of our school district and our community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ronald Masera. “Thank you to all residents who participated in this vote. Now, with the community’s continued support, we can address the exterior and interior repairs and renovations needed to provide our children with a quality education in a safe and secure environment.”
The proposed scope of work included in the bond referendum was developed following the results of a building conditions survey conducted by the district’s architect and recommendations from the site-based advisory team, including parents, community residents, members of the board of education, administration and staff.
“Stewardship of the school building is our important responsibility. The building is a valuable community asset, and its integrity is a vital factor in the well-being and success of our students and staff,” said Board of Education President Deirdre DeVita. “While many repairs and renovations have been completed since 2011, this bond will enable us to expedite the remaining repairs in a way that is fiscally responsible for our community. On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you for your support.”
Lisa Finn (Westhampton Patch)