Community Vote Date Set for Nov. 17
The Bayport-Blue Point School District Board of Education has unanimously approved a bond resolution outlining a major facilities improvement plan, which will now be put before voters on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Polls will be open between 7 am and 9 pm at Bayport-Blue Point High School.
If approved by the community, each of BBP’s five schools will see considerable building improvements, including renovations geared toward meeting current curriculum standards and to enhance learning opportunities for all students. The plan includes upgrades to roofs, heating and ventilation systems, and numerous other areas of building integrity. Projects will also address security and safety needs, as well as ADA compliance factors. Instructional spaces, including science labs and libraries; middle school tech rooms, auditorium, music and home and career rooms will also receive upgrades. Locker rooms at the middle school will be revamped and corridor lockers at the middle school and high school will be replaced. To improve access and safety at the joint middle school and Sylvan Avenue Elementary School campus, the parking and pass through will be remodeled. Major upgrades to athletic fields are also included in the proposed project.
“The proposed bond is a result of nearly two years of discussion with our facilities review committee, district leadership team and community residents to analyze the current and future needs of our students and our facilities,” said Board of Education President Anthony Sanseviro. “By putting the projects together in a bond we would be able to make necessary building repairs and enhancements that would enrich every BBP student’s, both current and future, educational experience.”
The total anticipated cost of the project is $29.9 million. Of this amount, 68.2 percent will be funded through New York State building aid. For the average household in the district, the project would cost approximately $ 12.70 annually per one thousand dollars of a resident’s total tax bill.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera said, “Many of these spaces and building systems have simply reached the end of their lifespans and, given the advancements our curriculum has made over the years, other spaces are now inadequate to house our programs. This plan will enable us to preserve the integrity of our buildings, enable our schools to operate more efficiently and support the ongoing educational initiatives included in our Thinking Forward strategic plan.”
Polls will be open from 7 am to 9pm at Bayport-Blue Point High School on Nov. 17 for registered voters to cast their ballots on this referendum. For more information about this project, please visit the bond information link on the district’s website, www.bbpschools.org.