The Glen Cove Board of Education hosted a public presentation and debate regarding the second proposed referendum on a bond that could fund repairs on several school roofs and boilers and other possible improvements. Two consultants showed the public the repairs they found to be necessary as a result of their recent studies and the board went through discussion with the public on what improvements should be addressed right now and what kind of number might be acceptable to the voting public.
The big question of the night was not if repairs were needed, but how much extra spending voters in Glen Cove might be willing to approve during these trying economic times. Certain people cited the major woes facing the world, like the possible demise of GM and Chrysler, and said this was no time for anything more than minimum repairs. Others said they were personally going through the hardest parts of what everyone fears these days, job loss and financial struggle, but still want to invest in a school that they can be proud of, which suits the needs of their children and makes the community look good.
The board will vote this week on whether they will put this new referendum up along with the regular budget vote and trustee election on May 19.
The superintendent has recommended a 15-year bond at around $4 million that would result in roughly an extra $33 per taxpayer. Possible improvements that the board and public debated included not only roofs at the high school and elementary schools, boilers in Thayer and Gribbin, but also fixing bathrooms and locker rooms, creating a new road at Deasy and building kitchens instead of busing food to the schools that do not currently have kitchens.