Shoreham-Wading River bond passes with 70 percent approval

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01/13/2015 9:43 PM |
A capital improvements referendum passed on Tuesday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A capital improvements referendum passed on Tuesday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Shoreham-Wading River school district residents made their voices loud and clear on Tuesday: they want upgrades to their schools.

A $48.5 million construction project passed 1,421 to 585 on Tuesday, with 70.8 percent of voters approving the measure. The capital improvement project will require issuing a $33.5 million bonds and using another $15 million in reserves for additional construction work.

Superintendent Steven Cohen described the vote result as a historic one for the district.

“This will change the discussion about the future of the district in a long, meaningful way,” he said.

The project will include urgent upgrades to windows and doors as well as fixing leaky roofs and making facilities handicapped accessible. It also plans to add elementary classrooms and build a cafeteria and kitchen in the middle school that would provide meals for the elementary schools, among other improvements.

Administrators have said that homeowners can expect to see their annual school taxes increased about $360 starting in the 2018-19 school year

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