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East Quogue school district to vote on land buy

The East Quogue school district will ask residents next month to approve the purchase of an adjacent property, saying there is overcrowding in the district’s one school and the price would be under market value.

In a letter sent to residents earlier this month, the district said that occupational therapists are forced to work in hallways of East Quogue Elementary School, located at 6 Central Ave., because of lack of space, and there is no extra classrooms for future enrollment expansions.

The property, abutting the school grounds, would be purchased for $250,000. The letter noted that extra costs, such as the demolition of the structure on the site as well as other fees, would not bring the total cost to more than $400,000.

The cost to residents would be $125 on a home assessed at $500,000, according to the district’s letter. The money is already in this year’s budget, the letter said, so it would not raise taxes in the next budget.

Calls to the district Friday were not returned.

A public meeting will be Feb. 7 at 7:45 p.m. at the school. The vote will take place Feb. 28.

Enrollment for the kindergarten-to-sixth-grade school was 455 students in the fall 2009. Enrollment has been slowly growing; in 1999, the school had 364 students.


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