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Bellmore-Merrick CHSD Capital Project Approved

Voters approve the $49.6 million bond.

Bellmore and Merrick residents voted to approve the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District's capital project, a $49.6 million bond, which will provide critical infrastructure updates to the district's seven buildings, on Monday. 

Residents voted to approve the bond by 3,441 yes votes and 2,717 no votes.

Through the project, buildings in the district would receive upgrades to electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems. There will also be upgrades to security and the schools science rooms and athletic fields. 

The following upgrades would be made:

Grand Avenue Middle School
  • Upgrades to HVAC system to include dual heat/air capability
  • Replacement of roof 
  • Renovation of all science rooms
  • Renovation of all restroom facilities 
  • Renovation of art and faculty rooms 
  • Renovation of music suite
  • Refinish gym floor 
  • Renovations for ADA compliance
  • Installation of synthetic turf field
  • Upgrades to security
  • Improvements to exterior of site, including sidewalk replacement and curb repair
Merrick Avenue Middle School
  • Upgrades to HVAC system to include dual heat/air capability
  • Renovation to science rooms
  • Renovation of all restroom facilities
  • Renovation of music suiteRepair of gym floor
  • Renovations for ADA compliance
  • Improvements to exterior of site, including sidewalk replacement and curb repair
  • Installation of synthetic turf field
  • Upgrades to security
Calhoun High School
  • Upgrades to HVAC system to include dual heat/air capability 
  • Renovation of all restroom facilities
  • Renovation of science labs
  • Renovation of Calhoun Café 
  • Replacement of auditorium side curtains
  • Renovation of resource room
  • Replacement of ceiling tiles
  • Installation of synthetic turf field 
  • Refinish gym floor
  • Renovations for ADA compliance 
  • Improvements to exterior of site, including sidewalk replacement and curb repair
  • Upgrades to security
Kennedy High School 
  • Upgrades to HVAC system to include dual heat/air capability
  • Installation of new water heater 
  • Renovation of all restroom facilities
  • Renovation of science labs
  • Renovation of group instruction room 
  • Renovation of family/consumer science room to support future district-wide gourmet cooking class (eliminating associated BOCES costs) 
  • Replacement of band room floor
  • Installation of synthetic turf field 
  • Refinish gym floor
  • Renovation of visitor’s bleachers (reduction of ½ size) and expansion of home side bleachers 
  • Renovations for ADA compliance
  • Improvements to exterior of site, including sidewalk replacement and curb repair
  • Upgrades to security
Mepham High School
  • Upgrades to HVAC system to include dual heat/air capability 
  • Renovation of all restroom facilities
  • Renovation of science rooms
  • Replacement of lockers at lower locker room
  • Replacement of auditorium theatrical lighting and sound system
  • Installation of synthetic turf field
  • Renovations for ADA compliance
  • Refinish gym floor
  • Improvements to exterior of site, including sidewalk replacement and curb repair
  • Upgrades to security
  • Renovation of room to support future broadcast communication technology room for district-wide use
Brookside School
  • Repair fencing and asphalt
$26.894 million of the project will be funded through New York State building aid. 

The project, which will be completed in three to four years, will cost the average household $104 annually or $8.67 a month.

The district has not sought a public bond vote to repair its facilities since 1966.
Resident December 03, 2013 at 07:00 AM
I don't believe this passed, how stupid are the residents of Merrick? When will you people stop spoon feeding these criminals that just pick our pockets when ever they want something to make their overpaid salaries more comfortable? Who the heck needs central air in school? If you don't want your kids to sweat in class, make them study so they don't have to go to summer school. An artificial turf field so the punks can drink in comfort on Friday nights? ENOUGH iS ENOUGH, our property taxes and school taxes will make our property worthless when I want to move the heck out of here. The Roosevelt kids that cross the Washington Street bridge every morning to go to Calhoon are doing backflips now and their parent(s) is laughing at us. SHAME ON YOU PEOPLE that voted yes. You get what you deserve...I want to know who counted the votes
Joseph December 03, 2013 at 08:33 AM
Hey Resident, If you can't afford the property taxes maybe you should "move the heck out of here" now. Roosevelt will gladly take you. I am sure you enjoy living in a nice area. That doesn't come for free. The reason this passed is that people care about the children of the area unlike you it seems. Have you ever been inside a school in may? Have you seen the shape of the fields? Have you seen what the bathrooms look like? This needed to be done one way or another. It was going to come out of our taxes one way or another. This Bond is actually saving us money because a large portion of it is funded by the state. If $8 a month affects you that much maybe you should move out of state. These improvements will certainly bring the value of your property up. If you leave there will another family that will be very happy to move into a community where people care about their children and get rid of a miserable person like you.
Gianni Marino December 03, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Quality of life is better when the schools are better. Don't but into the corruption, that's everywhere. Bottom line, less than $9 a month is worth it for our children.
Frank T December 03, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I wonder who has a friend in the synthetic turf company? That stuff is bad. Wait until the kiddies come home with turf burns. In the summer it heats up to 140 degrees and the chemicals are not the healthy organic ones. One year after these turfs are installed the schools will rip them out but don't worry it will only cost you $8 a month for the rip out and restoration of the fields.
Joseph December 03, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Frank, You are talking about Astroturf that was used 20+years ago. Synthetic Grass is now used. No more turf burn, the heat index is the same as grass and no chemicals are used.
Frank T December 03, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Joseph it depends on the manufacturer, some synthetic turfs use toxic chemicals. These turfs need to be maintained on a regular basis, if not the turf will be ruined in less than 5 years. Will the schools educate their maintenance personnel on proper care or will they just ask the taxpayers to replace the field with another bond? Do you know what the name of the company is that will be installing the turf? Were they vetted?
Resident December 03, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Joseph, so your solution is just let them spend your money at will? You must be a financial advisor. I CAN afford the taxes, but I can't afford mismanagement of a budget. My being able to afford ANYTHING does not give me the excuse to spent money FOOLISHLY. I guess your mommy never told you that a fool and their money are soon parted...but If that's your practice, then it's YOU that should move to Roosevelt, but they might not let you in.
Resident December 04, 2013 at 06:22 AM
Yeah, Grand Ave Middle School needs a synthetic turf field for their football team? SOMEONE needs to explain to me why a middle school needs a turf field? They don't have any teams that compete in the middle school! I drive past that school every day and NEVER see a school team on the field EXCEPT weekend soccer and softball teams that ARE NOT part of the school district. They will just Destroy the field when they play unsupervised on the weekends...unless we now have to pay for weekend supervision now. What is happening to this town? The spending is OUT OF CONTROL. Bobby Mattheson was right when he ran his Gov campaign with his "Get Out Of NY State before it's too late" slogan. But not too many educated people will buy here in Merrick once they find out what their tax bill will be.
Anthony Celano December 04, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Eight dollars a month yeah right by the way I got a bridge for sale anybody want to buy it!!!
sysad2287 December 05, 2013 at 02:35 PM
All of those "it's only" add up.

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