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Sewanhaka voters to decide on $100M school facility upgrades

Rendering of the new Sewanhaka Central High School.

Rendering of the new Sewanhaka Central High School. Photo Credit: Handout

The Sewanhaka Central High School District will hold a bond referendum Wednesday on a plan to spend nearly $100 million to upgrade seven aging school buildings and several sporting fields.

The referendum would authorize the district to issue as much as $99.51 million of debt to fund the projects, including new cafeterias, auditoriums, gyms and weight rooms. About 40 percent of the debt will be paid by state building aid, school officials said.

If approved by voters, the funds would be used to renovate all five district high school buildings, additions at Floral Park Memorial High School, Elmont Memorial High School and Sewanhaka High School, and athletic facility upgrades at all schools and the Alva T. Stanforth Sports Complex.

The average tax increase for homeowners in the district would be $144.26 over the bond period, officials said.

The proposal says that Sewanhaka High School — built in 1929 — needs $31.27 million in upgrades. Floral Park Memorial High School (1956) needs $20.81 million in upgrades.

The New Hyde Park Memorial High School (1955) needs $14.38 million. Elmont Memorial High School (1955) needs $15.84 million in repairs. H. Frank Carey High School (1955) needs $14.98 million in upgrades, according to the proposal.

The proposal also calls for refurbishing the ATS Sports Complex, next to the Elmont Public Library, with three soccer fields and two baseball fields that would cost $1.55 million. Two vocational buildings, one built in 1941 and the other in 1959, would also need to be renovated, for $694,480.

Voting hours vary from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at several polling places throughout the district.
 

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