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Comsewogue schools seek $32M bond for school improvements

Comsewogue school district residents vote on a bond

Comsewogue school district residents vote on a bond plan in May. Nov. 13, 2017. Credit: Barry Sloan

Comsewogue school officials have proposed a $32 million bond proposition that they say is needed to improve classrooms and upgrade infrastructure such as bathrooms and parking lots at the district’s six schools.

If approved, the bond would raise taxes about 1.7 percent — or about $120.19 on the average home, district officials said.

District residents vote on the plan on May 15, the same day as the annual school budget vote. Voting takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Comsewogue High School, 565 N. Bicycle Path, in Port Jefferson Station.

The school board voted unanimously on March 5 to put the bond before voters. The plan was developed by the district’s facilities committee, which includes school district staff, community members, architects and engineers.

The proposal calls for security upgrades, building and infrastructure repairs, playground and athletic facilities improvements, and auditorium renovations. The plan also calls for installing solar panels on school roofs.

“Some things have been on the wish list for a long time,” school board trustee John Swenning said in an interview, adding, “Age takes a toll” on buildings that are decades old.

Officials said they crafted two lists of projects related to the bond.

The first list includes $32 million worth of priority projects, such as infrastructure and security upgrades. The second is a wish list of almost $9.4 million worth of additional projects that could be considered if priority items are completed under budget. For example, turf fields and weight rooms could be added at the high school if funding is available, officials said.

Those projects will be “reprioritized based on available funds and need,” after priority projects are completed, school officials said in a statement.

A complete list of proposed projects is available on the district website,

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