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Great Neck to vote on $17M for schools

John L. Miller Great Neck North High School

John L. Miller Great Neck North High School is located at 35 Polo Rd. (Sept. 28, 2011) Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Voters in the Great Neck Public Schools district will go to the polls Feb. 14 to decide on a proposition to spend $17.18 million on capital projects, the district announced Tuesday.

If approved, the projects would be paid for through the district’s “unassigned” fund balance and would not have any tax impact, the district said in a news release.

John Powell, assistant superintendent for business, said it was crucial to address the district’s capital needs. “If we do not make the investment now, our assets will continue to deteriorate and will cost more to maintain and repair in the long run,” he said.

The list of projects includes wiring clocks, upgrading technology equipment, generator expansion and making improvements to auditoriums, athletic fields and courts. Projects at certain schools include repairing a wall at Saddle Rock School and refurbishing a parking lot at Lakeville School.

The district intends to complete most of the work during July and August, before school resumes in September.

Public hearings on the proposition will be held Jan. 24 at 8:30 p.m. at North High School (35 Polo Rd.) and Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. at the Cumberland Adult Center (30 Cumberland Ave).

Voting will be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 14 at two locations. Residents who live north of the Long Island Rail Road's Great Neck station will vote at Baker School, 69 Baker Hill Rd. Residents who live south of the station will go to South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd.

Above, Great Neck North High School

Applications for absentee ballots can be downloaded from the district’s website at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us (click on Budget and then Absentee Ballot).

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