Facility Committee Leads Charge in Districtwide Review

Bayport-Blue Point School District’s Facility Committee is nearing a yearlong review of the schools’ infrastructure and maintenance needs.

The approximate 15-member committee, comprised of community members, administrators and staff, has been working with BBS architects and engineers since last spring to tour and identify the capital needs of each building and surrounding grounds. Broken down by location, the team compiled a comprehensive list of items earmarked for further consideration by the district. These items are geared toward supporting the four priority areas of the district’s Thinking Forward plan as well as preserving building integrity and ensuring the health and safety of students.

“Over the past year and a half, the district and community have focused heavily on ways to enhance the educational experience for current and future BBP students,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera. “However, in order to best support those initiatives, we must address the needs of our physical plant and put into place a schedule for maintaining and updating learning spaces to meet the higher standards we are striving to achieve.”   

It is anticipated that the committee will deliver their recommendations to the Board of Education by the end of the 2014-2015 school year. The Board will then convene to determine the scope and timing of a potential capital project.

Below is an anticipated timeline for future discussions of the improvement project:

April 2015:    BOE Meeting
•    BBS updates BOE on status of committee review of initial projects

June 2015:    BOE Meeting

•    Committee presents their final report to the board

July/August 2015
•    BOE establishes fixed scope and size of possible bond referendum

September 2015
•    BOE review/possible adoption of SEQRA and bond resolutions

September/October 2015
•    Ongoing public forums to discuss proposed work

Late October 2015
•    Possible bond vote