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Central Islip's capital improvement bond discussion set

Central Islip Senior High School on Wheeler Road.

Central Islip Senior High School on Wheeler Road. (April 13, 2011) (Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Taxpayers in the Central Islip school district have one last chance to learn everything they need to know about a $24.89 million capital improvement bond before it comes to a vote later this month.

Taxes will not increase due to state funding the district has received, which will cover 79 percent of the costs, according to Barbara LaMonica, spokeswoman for the school district. The remaining $5.2 million will come from the district’s capital reserve fund, which voters approved in May.

The final public information meeting will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Alfano School, 50 Wheeler Rd., Central Islip.

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All eight of the district’s buildings will undergo some type of remodeling, including new window blinds, upgraded electrical systems and the implementation of emergency generators and air conditioning units for computer labs, LaMonica said.

The stadium field at Central Islip Senior High School will be converted to synthetic turf for the school’s soccer and football games, while the track and field area will receive renovations. The cafeteria will be expanded and the auditorium renovated, with each getting outfitted with air conditioning.

At Ralph G. Reed Middle School, team locker rooms and bathrooms will be fixed up and new stage lighting will be put in the auditorium.

The original gym bleachers and vinyl asbestos floor tiles in Charles A. Mulligan Middle School will be replaced and bathrooms will be redone.

The four elementary schools — Francis J. O’Neill, Cordello Avenue, Marguerite Mulvey and A.T. Morrow — will each get playground updates. Some will see improvements in parking areas and roadways, a new PA system and replacement of asbestos floor tiles.

Smart Boards will be placed at the Early Childhood Center in the Alfano School, as well as new ceilings and masonry reconstruction and a new public address system.

Voting will take place between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Jan. 28 in the Alfano School’s gym.

Tags: Central Islip , schools , education

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