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      Dr, Ralph FerrieOn Tuesday evening, October 1, 2013, the Sewanhaka Central High School District Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to conduct a bond referendum on December 4, 2013 for the purpose of renovating all five high school buildings, additions at Floral Park Memorial High School, Elmont Memorial High School, and Sewanhaka High School, and athletic facility upgrades at all schools and ATS.  I will be attending a future faculty meeting to review the details of the proposal.

      Last fall, an Ad Hoc Committee on District Facilities was formed to investigate the current state of the district’s facilities including buildings, technology infrastructure, grounds and athletic facilities. That committee visited the five high schools, the ATS facility where athletic fields are located, and the career/tech buildings located on Sewanhaka High School’s property.   This Committee determined the needs of each building and reported back to the Board of Education.

      In response to the report that was submitted by the Ad Hoc Committee on District Facilities, the Board of Education has identified the current needs of the district and has decided the repairs and upgrades of the facilities and grounds, as stated in the report, should not be postponed.  As a result, the Board of Education directed the district’s architects, Wiedersum Associates, to prepare a comprehensive plan that could be presented to the registered voters within the four component communities.   Currently, interest rates are historically low allowing much needed repairs and advancements to the current design of the buildings of the district to be made before urgency forces these upgrades to be made without the time to conservatively find the least expensive approach.

      I would like to thank the building principals, Matt Castelluzzo and the Central Office Administration for all the work that has been accomplished in preparation for this historic vote.  We will be preparing three mailings that will be sent to all community members and will be conducting presentations on an ongoing basis during the next two months.  You are encouraged to visit the district website to view the details of the proposal and to obtain additional information as it is made available.

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