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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Bellmore-Merrick Central School District offers details of $47.6M bond
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Scott Brinton/Herald Life
Fred Seeba, an engineer with BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers, gave a presentation on Wednesday before the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Board of Education, offering details about a $47.6 million bond proposal that would, if passed, fund upgrades at each of the district’s five schools, as well as the Brookside Central Administration Office and the Jerusalem Avenue School, which is rented to the Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

The Central District has long made necessary repairs to buildings on an annual basis. Schools, however, start to really show their age after five decades, requiring more extensive renovation, according to Seeba. The district’s newest school –– Kennedy –– was completed in the 1966 –– 47 years ago. None of the district’s schools has undergone a major overhaul since it was built.

The proposed renovation plan’s objective, Seeba said, is to repair and renovate the district’s schools “so you don’t have to talk about this for another 50 years.”

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Dinafamily

In a recent letter to the editor Mr. Fleischman, of Merrick, indicated that synthetic turf fields aren't important and went on to suggest that the installation of these fields would cost taxpayers $94. In addition, the gentleman randomly added $350 to what he says is a standard increase to get to a $500 figure. This "fuzzy math" is meant to do little else but scare and confuse people to support his position on the fields. The truth is that the fields themselves would cost the average homeowner in the district less than $15. Furthermore, the current condition of the fields are nothing short of dangerous and these fields are a necessity to mitigate potential liability. If Mr. Fleischman is not concerned with the safety of children he should ask himself if a $15 investment is worth mitigating a potential multi million dollar claim against the district. I find it ironic that he chose to take issue with the fields and not to question the $7M earmarked in the bond issue to renovate the district's administrative building.

John Dina - Bellmore

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