The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District recently announced that it will host a public discussion this month on its plans to move forward with a building renovation project, a plan that will provide critical infrastructure updates to the district's seven buildings.
Through the proposed project, buildings in the district would receive upgrades to electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems. There will also be upgrades to security and the schools science rooms and athletic fields.
“We are excited to finalize this much-needed plan with the community’s input,” Board of Education President Susan Schwartz said. “This project is about making basic upgrades to our schools so that our students are learning in an optimal environment."
Should the district move forward with a public vote on the project, 53.9 percent of the total cost would be funded through New York State building aid.
“These building upgrades are inevitable and we must make them soon so that our buildings continue to function in an efficient manner,” Schwartz said. “By bonding the project, we are able to fund the project in the most cost-effective way possible and get our fair share of state building aid.”
The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District has not sought a public bond vote to repair its facilities since the mid-1960s.
The public discussion will take place at the district administration building on Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m.