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Voters approve $27.7M bond for East Rockaway School District

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Voters in the East Rockaway School District approved on Thursday a $27.7 million bond to fund upgrades and repairs to all three of the school buildings.

The bond referendum was approved, 350 "yes" votes to 200 "no" votes.

"The board and I would like to thank the community for their support of this bond," Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz said. "It will bring much needed renovation and repair to our aging facilities and enhance opportunities for our students into the future. Furthermore, it will bring peace of mind to our taxpayers, as the shoreline continues to approach our press box and field each day. We can now begin the final stage of raising up our field, installing bulkhead and bringing back a track for this community."

Projects that the bond will fund include:

—Raising of the high school’s athletic field and installation of a synthetic-turf field.

—New bleachers and a press box at the high school.

—Installation of about 750 feet of bulkhead to protect the fields from Mill River.

—Exterior masonry work at Centre Avenue Elementary School.

—Renovation of art, science and family and consumer science classrooms at the high school.

—District-wide improvements to heating, ventilation, electrical and air-conditioning units.

—Alterations to the high school’s technology building to create four single restrooms for use during outdoor community and sporting events.