$52 million school bond vote to be held on Nov. 30

Elmont Board of Education’ resolution is ‘designed around the health and safety of students and staff,’ district says

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Elmont community members will vote a $52 million school bond proposal on Nov. 30. The proposed resolution adopted by the Elmont School District Board of Education focuses on the “health and safety of students and staff,” according to a statement released by the school district.

“If approved, the referendum would assist in the rebuilding of the six school buildings’ aging infrastructure, add to the longevity of those buildings and create a healthier learning environment for students,” the statement read. “The proposal includes installing new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems throughout all school buildings to meet current regulations for introducing fresh air and air exchanges in the classrooms.”

Air conditioning would be installed in all classrooms, cafeterias, libraries, gymnasiums and auditoriums, and new air-filtering technology would be used.

“Over the last 20 years, the district has removed 90% of all asbestos-containing materials in the six school buildings,” administrators said in the statement. “The proposed bond will include the removal of the remaining 10% of asbestos-containing materials, as well as add secured entrances and security systems at each school building. It will also modernize all classrooms, reconstruct new student restrooms, and meet handicap accessibility, energy codes and lighting standards.”

According to the statement, the district would be reimbursed for nearly 75 percent of the $52 million by the state. Taxpayer cost would be reduced to $15.6 million, the statement added.

The vote is scheduled for Nov. 30, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Alden Terrace, Clara H. Carlson, Covert Avenue, Dutch Broadway, Gotham Avenue, Stewart Manor and Elmont Road schools.

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