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Bayport-Blue Point schools see $29.9 million bond approved by district voters

Voters approved a $29.9 million bond to improve and update infrastructure in the Bayport-Blue Point school district, including adding a track at James Wilson Young Middle School and converting athletic fields to artificial turf.

The Building Toward the Future bond passed in Tuesday's special election with 927 votes in favor and 732 against.

According to the district, 68.2 percent of the project will be funded through New York State Building Aid. The average household will pay an additional $12.70 per $1,000 of a resident's total annual tax bill over the life of the bond.

"This bond was developed over the course of nearly two years in collaboration with members of our community, and I thank all residents and community groups for their contributions throughout the process," district board of education president Tony Sanseviro said in a statement. "It is our belief that this bond will positively impact our students, both current and future, as well as our community as a whole."

"I want to express my gratitude to the entire BBP community. The bond is a reflection of the vision that has been developed over the last few years, and the vote reflects the community's support for our thinking-forward vision," district Superintendent Vincent Butera said in a statement. "The scope of work will continue to strengthen our schools and enhance what is already an exceptional district in so many ways."

The district has five schools and about 2,400 students.

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