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The bathroom in the Mepham High School football locker room.

Eventually, DeTommaso says, the work will have to be done, one way or another. Waiting could cost the district considerably more in the end.

We urge Bellmore-Merrick residents to approve the proposal on Dec. 2.


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Voting takes place at elementary school districts within the BMCSHD. Does anyone know why voting in N. Bellmore, Bellmore, and Merick all start between 6-7am but N. Merrick does not open for voting until 2pm?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | Report this

The interior improvements cost $18M. Why are they asking for nearly $50M? Yes, the state will pay for 53%. The state has over 20M people. I would guess Bellmore/Merrick has less than 75,000 people. Did you know there are only 6,000 students in the district according to Wikipedia. I received something in the mail stating that all of these improvements will save nearly $2M a year in operating costs. Sounds great. If they are talking about a 15-18 year bond, then shouldn't this pay for itself? I understand you still have to pay upfront, but shouldn't that mean the district doesn't need to raise their budget by 3-6% for the next 15-18 years. Why hasn't anyone committed to that? It is because they plan on taking the savings and spending it somewhere else. Other places in the country do not pay $10,000 a year in taxes on a $400,000 home. The schools are just as good.

Here is my question which I cannot find an answer for; how is the state aid determined? Is it 53% of the project total or is it $26M. Every business when deciding to spend money comes up with a number of alternatives. How much would the state pay if we did just the interior improvements?

Thursday, November 28, 2013 | Report this
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