North Bellmore residents overwhelming passed a bond referendum put up by the school district today, 1,063 to 362. The $8.8 million bond will allow the district update and replace facilities throughout the schools.
The changes will include:
- Replacing boilers in four buildings. The boilers at Park Avenue, Martin Avenue and Saw Mill Road are all 50 years old and the one at Newbridge Road is 30 years old. The boiler replacement at Newbridge Road is going to be the most expensive - $3.6 million - as it involves changing over from a steam system.
- Replacing asbestos floor tiles in all buildings.
- Installing new interior and exterior doors and locks in classrooms, gyms and cafeterias. Most of these are original to the buildings. A new mandating locking system will be installed.
- A major electrical upgrade at Dinkelmeyer.
- Chimney pointing at Martin Avenue.
- Installing fire rated doors at Newbridge Road.
"I'd like to thank the community for their support," Superintendent Arnold Goldstein told Patch this evening. "We really appreciate the overwhelming support."