Residents in the East Quogue School District handily passed a referendum Tuesday that will allow the district to purchase an adjacent property for future expansion of the East Quogue School. The vote was 414-173.
The property will cost $250,000. Extra costs, such as the demolition of the structure currently on the Central Avenue site, will bring the total cost to more than $400,000.
In a letter sent to residents in January, the district said it already has overcrowding issues: occupational therapists are forced to work in hallways because of a lack of space, and there are no extra classrooms for future enrollment increases.
The money is already in this year’s budget, so it will not raise taxes in the next budget.
Enrollment for the K-6 school was 425 students this year, an enrollment increase of 30 students over the previous year. Enrollment has been slowly growing; in 1999, the school had 364 students.