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Friday, August 1, 2014
School bond needs to pass
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If this bond fails, our school buildings and infrastructure will deteriorate and our instruction will fall behind that of our neighbors. South Side High School is in desperate need of repair and expansion. And that is where the majority of the bond money would go: $25.5 million, or more than 55 percent of the total, would fund new construction and interior renovations at SSHS. The portable classrooms would go, replaced by a permanent addition, not only giving students the classroom space they need, but improving security — doors would no longer have to be left open all day to allow students in and out of the main building.

Another $7.4 million would be used to build additional classrooms at Watson Elementary, which has long been known by parents, teachers and students for being cramped.

The bond would cover other projects that are necessary for student safety and education: roof repairs, masonry reconstruction, building code upgrades, floor repairs, band and chorus room renovations, new security cameras, a boiler replacement and more.

In a perfect world, this measure would never have to be proposed. The district would be able to fund all of these improvements through its normal budgeting process. But that just isn’t possible.

We know times are tough. We know that the tax increase could make things even more difficult for some families. But we also know that our schools need this money. These are things we can do now to make our schools better and more competitive in the coming years. Without this bond, home values in Rockville Centre will begin to fall as the school district deteriorates.

This bond needs to pass. We hope residents understand that, and will vote in favor of it on Tuesday.

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