“Over time, the five buildings have aged, and they will continue to do so in the future,” Ferrie said. “As the district struggles to function under the state’s restrictive tax cap legislation, it will be extremely challenging to upgrade the five high school facilities while also maintaining the district’s exceptional educational programs.”
If the bond had passed, Sewanhaka High, in Floral Park, the oldest of the district’s five buildings, would have undergone $31.3 million in renovations — nearly a third of the total bond. Approximately $18 million would have been earmarked for a new cafeteria and gymnasium. Instead, the school will continue to use its current gym, with its low ceiling and limited spectator seating.
Under the bond proposal, H. Frank Carey, in Franklin Square, would have seen $15 million in repairs, many involving its athletic field. A new track and synthetic-turf field would have been constructed for the football, boys’ and girls’ soccer and lacrosse programs, designed to allow for new baseball and softball fields. Other work would have included the reconstruction of the building’s roof and renovations of the bathrooms, music room and science rooms. The music room’s cubbies, which have cracked and broken wood foundations, will remain. Some of the building’s elevators, which are rusted and have discolored and displaced tiles, will also continue operating as is.
There would have been nearly $16 million of upgrades at Elmont Memorial, including renovations of its fitness center, wrestling room and locker rooms. A gymnasium would have been built, as well as a new guidance suite and art room. Now athletes will have to continue to use the current wrestling room, which has ripped cloth, and the locker rooms, which lack ventilation.
Dented radiators in many of the school’s classrooms, along with cracked bricks along the side of its building, will not see improvements, either.
Floral Park Memorial and New Hyde Park Memorial would have undergone nearly $21 million and $14.3 million in renovations, respectively.