Riverhead school board to declare Aquebogue property ‘surplus’


The Riverhead School Board is set to vote on a resolution at its meeting Tuesday that declares a Riverhead School District-owned property in Aquebogue as “surplus” and directs the district to prepare to sell the land, according to a copy of the agenda.

The 27-acre parcel on Tuthills Lane in Aquebogue was acquired by the school district in 1965 for a potential elementary school site, according to the agenda. But Riverhead’s other elementary schools, with the exception of Roanoke Avenue, “have the potential to accommodate an enrollment increase of 50 percent if the buildings are expanded,” the agenda states.

The resolution, if approved, would authorize the district to sell the property “in the best interest of the district, including but not limited to the separate sale of the development rights and the real property, with funds resulting from the sale to be utilized in accordance with law.”

This is the same property at which the district proposed building a YMCA and bus barn, but the district ran into fierce community opposition and abandoned those plans only a few months later, in March 2009.

The board is also scheduled to set the tax levy for the 2011-12 school year at $86,794,515. That figure includes the Riverhead Free Library and Baiting Hollow Free Library taxes.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

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Nov 8

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