The West Islip school board will hold a bond vote Nov. 17 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at West Islip High School, 1 Lions Path.

The board unanimously adopted a resolution to hold a public vote on a capital project bond referendum to pay for updates and repairs to the district's school labs, gyms, auditoriums, athletic facilities, security and technology.

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Included in the bond is $49.96 million worth of repairs and upgrades, with New York State Building Aid paying for 70 percent of the bond and taxpayers asked to pay the balance of about $15 million.

The board estimated that the cost to the average homeowner for the first five years of the bond will be $60 to $80 per year. After the first five years, the rolloff of previous debt is projected to help decrease the cost to the average homeowner.

"Our community has always been very supportive of doing what's best for our children. I believe they will agree that we need to make these repairs and renovations to improve our schools and athletic facilities. Using New York State Building Aid to reduce the cost to residents and get $50 million dollars' worth of work for a cost of $15 million to residents is also an opportunity we can't afford to ignore," board president Steve Geller said in a statement.

District Superintendent Bernadette Burns and the school board will hold a presentation on the bond at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Beach Street Middle School, 17 Beach St. in West Islip.

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For more information about the bond, visit the district's website at