Now that the bond issue has passed and we will have most of the concrete and mortar required for what our School Board considers an excellent education, it is time to pose the following questions on behalf of our citizens and parents.
For our citizens:
1) What items in the five year plan are not contained in the school bond? How will this affect future school budgets?
2) What interest rates have we "locked in" for our municipal bonds or do we have to await state certification?
3) Who will be our project manager, if any, in the office of State Education Department (SED)?
4) Will an environmental impact statement be required?
5) What is the actual amount of state aid that will be received for the project?
6) Do we expect that the Bureau of Facilities Planning will require revisions to our plans and specifications?
7) When the work begins and money is being paid out, how often will the Property Owners' Associations (POAs) be furnished a report indicating what work has been accomplished and the cost thereof?
For our parents:
1) Do we expect that any part or area of the current buildings will be declared unsafe so as to limit the number of occupants?
2) To what extent will education be disrupted so that additional school days will be required?
3) Armed with the knowledge that a New York City student was injured during construction, what specific safety precautions will be put in place to prevent such an occurrence or similar occurrences?
4) Simultaneously, what steps will be implemeted to ensure that our number of Advanced Placement scholars will be increased so that our schools will break into the list of schools with the top ratings, i.e., Jericho, East Williston, Manhasset, Cold Spring Harbor, Roslyn, Valley Stream Central, Great Neck, Oceanside, Hewlett Woodmere, and Harborfields? These percentages range from 51 percent to 19 percent. Where does Garden City stand?
We trust that the School Board and/or John Sullivan will answer these questions as promptly as my letters were answered before the bond was passed.
Joseph A. Calamari