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Letter: Bond Questions Need Answers

Thank you to the New Hyde Park Illustrated News in providing the public with as much information/facts as possible regarding the Sewanhaka Central High School District bond proposal. There is still important information, however, that has not been made available to the voters. They need to have access to this information so that they can be aware of the financial impact the bond will have on them during the next 20 years.

 

There are three major questions that the board needs to answer:

 

•Which projects will be reimbursed by New York State? The 47 percent reimbursement will depend upon approval by the state. The board has not yet been able to identify for voters the projects eligible for reimbursement. 

 

•What is the total amount of interest that will be due on this 20-year $86.6 million bond at 4 percent? If you do the math, the interest is approximately $70 million. That brings the total payout on the bond to $156.6 million. 

 

•How exactly will the funds obtained from the bond be allocated? Voters are entitled to know how their money will be spent. They should be able to decide if all the projects indicated are really necessary, and if this bond is the only means to fund them.

 

To assist the public, the board needs to present a detailed budget that itemizes, by school, the expenses that will be incurred renovating/expanding infrastruture (roofs, gymnasiums, auditoriums, classrooms, guidance offices);
upgrading, technology and security systems; and refurbishing athletic fields, including installing new synthetic turf fields at the Alva T. Sanforth Athletic Complex.  

 

In addition, the budget should specify a dollar amount to be used as a contingency fund for conditions that were not identifiable in the initial budgetary planning phase.

 

Christine Grincato

 

New Hyde Park

News

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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