In a meeting room that was practically empty the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board voted unanimously to pass a resolution to place a $21,404,964 bond on the ballot for April 3 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the Manor Oaks School. Trustees Suzanne Wenz and Patricia Rudd were not present for the vote due to prior commitments.
Each trustee took a few minutes, prior to the vote, to extol the virtues of the bond proposal and to explain how much they wanted the public to look upon it with favor as it is necessary for the good of the children.
The bond was then voted on and the meeting was open to the few members of the public who were not happy that they did not have an opportunity to speak on the subject until after the vote.
School board president Lawrence Montreuil explained that a series of meetings have been scheduled in each of the schools culminating with a public meeting to be held on March 15 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Manor Oaks School All Purpose Room.
The speakers were not happy, however, and one man who said he had been on the Space Utilization Committee in its early stages could not understand how the bond could have been increased from $10,000,000 to $21,000,000. He also said he felt it was wrong of the school board not to hold a public hearing prior to putting the bond vote resolution up for a vote before the board.
New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board Superintendent Joseph Rudaitis explained that on Jan. 18 there had been a public meeting carefully outlining the bond to the public. But the resident said there was no real notification of that meeting by the district itself. He said he felt a mailing should have been sent to alert the public of the Jan. 18 and of the Jan. 24 meeting and not to just rely on the newspapers to get the word out to the residents.
Superintendent Rudaitis explained that the meeting schedule would be sent out to the residents prior to the next meeting which is scheduled to be held on Feb. 27 from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Hillside Grade School Cafeteria.
Other meetings scheduled are as follows:
March 1-Garden City Park, Central Avenue/Third Street, Garden City Park-8-9 p.m. Cafeteria.
March 6-New Hyde Park Road, New Hyde Park Road, New Hyde Park-8-9 p.m. Cafeteria.
March 12-Manor Oaks, 1950 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, 8-9 p.m. All Purpose Room.
March 13-SEPTA-New Hyde Park Road School Cafeteria, 8-9 p.m.
March 15-Public Meeting, Manor Oaks, 1950 Hillside Avenue, All Purpose Room, 7:30-9 p.m.
Any questions regarding the plan of expansion or about the upcoming meetings residents are urged to call 352-6257, ext. 221.