Bond vote to be held in May
East Islip High School, one of the school buildings that will benefit from the bond.

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Bond vote to be held in May

Story By: ANTHONY PERROTTA
1/25/2018


EAST ISLIP—After a comprehensive study, the East Islip School District recommended a capital improvement plan totaling $59.9 million to be funded through a bond and the district’s existing capital reserve fund balance. The vote to expand $2 million from the district’s capital reserve fund and finance a $57.9 million bond will be held on May 15. The committee decided to hold the bond vote on the same day as the budget vote during a board of education meeting last Wednesday. 

It was initially proposed that the bond vote would be held in February 2018. 

Andrea Vecchio, a district resident and leader of the local TaxPac group, was pleased with the board’s decision. “[The bond vote] should be on the same day as the budget vote,” she said. “It will increase voter turnout.” She told the board she hopes they will “present rather [than] promote” the bond spending.

Material on the bond proposals was not handed out to those who attended last week’s meeting, which, according to Vecchio, isn’t common practice in these matters.  However, superintendent of schools John Dolan said every household in the district would be getting a letter in regards to the vote by mid-February. 

Dolan also told those in attendance to visit the school district’s website within the coming days for a comprehensive breakdown of the bond’s proposed spending. The project scope list is currently available on the district’s website. 

According to the website, East Islip High School plans to use $22,306,258 of the funding, while East Islip Middle School plans to use $414,936,614. Ruth C. Kinney, Connetquot, John F. Kennedy and Timber Point elementary schools plan to use a combined $19,920,605. The district office also plans to use $2,832,857.

The dozen upon dozens of projects slated for these locations include new roofs, exterior door replacements, upgrading the fire alarm and security systems, repairing concrete sidewalks, boys’ and girls’ locker room renovations, AC upgrades, student and faculty restroom renovations, and stormwater drainage, structures, piping and asphalt repairs. 

For additional information or answers to any questions, contact superintendent of schools John Dolan at 631-224-2010. 

The information on the bond can be seen at this website: http://www.eischools.org/Assets/2018_Bond/EISD_BondSheet_by_school_011818_sent-1.pdf?t=636519676368300000.