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Rockville Centre residents to vote on $31.8M bond

Residents in the Rockville Centre school district will vote Thursday on a $31.8-million bond for improvements to South Side High School, including a 42,000-square-foot addition and the installation of a synthetic turf athletic field.

There would be no impact on the average tax bill in the 2010-11 school year, with successive increases of $14, $12 and $12 the following three years. In 2014-15, the average taxpayer would begin paying an additional $58 - a total of $96 annually.

District officials said the tax impact would be reduced in 2019-20 and for the rest of the 30-year term when the district's debt service costs drop.

"The school district recognizes the difficult financial times in which we find ourselves today," Superintendent William H. Johnson said in a recent letter to the community. "Because of this, we looked carefully at ways to fund the project so as to structure the impact of the borrowed money on the taxpayer and to minimize the increase to property taxes."

Approval would allow the district to eliminate five deteriorating portable buildings and move all students into the main building, upgrade science laboratories, create a new music room and additional bathrooms, increase cafeteria space and renovate the auditorium.

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at South Side High School, 140 Shepherd St.

Residents also go to the polls Thursday in Wyandanch to vote on a $750,000 proposal to replace the aging, leaky roof at Wyandanch Memorial High School. School officials say more than 60 percent of those costs would be paid through state aid and the project would raise taxes no more than 1 percent, and possibly not at all, depending on how the district decides to arrange financing.

Voting will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the district administration building, 1445 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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