Lindenhurst schools to meet with community to discuss bond referendum

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The Lindenhurst school district will hold a community workshop next week to discuss a bond referendum.

The forum is intended as a way for the district to receive community input about a proposed bond referendum for capital projects. The board of education will discuss potential plans for "critical building renovation projects," according to a district statement. These projects involve "critical infrastructure updates in order to ensure the health and safety of district students and staff," the statement said.

District spokeswoman Alison DeMaria said that among those projects are new roofs for every district building. She said officials are unsure of the amount of the bond at this time.

DeMaria said there is not enough money in the district's capital projects fund to make the upgrades. She said the fund is budgeted for $350,000 for the school year and most of that money is slated for a project to upgrade the high school's fire alarm system. She said the state will fund 69.3 percent of capital projects through state aid that is distributed throughout the term of the project.

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According to DeMaria, the last time the district issued bonds was in December 2011 for $5.5 million for an energy performance contract that provided a series of energy conservation upgrades.

The community input workshop will follow a special meeting of the board of education on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the McKenna Administration Building.

The district is asking residents before the meeting to participate in a survey about the district's facilities. The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/NJCMV5N

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