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RVC BOE: Input Sought on School Improvement Bond

Board of ed wants to hear from parents before bond list is finalized.

The following letter was posted on the Rockville Centre School District website on Jan. 11. The last meeting on the bond will be held Jan. 22. The preliminary school improvement bond was set at $48 million at the Jan. 15 meeting:


Thank you to all community members, parents and students who joined us along with our school administrators and architects on January 8 as we discussed plans for renovations to South Side High School. We’re working to finalize the list of projects throughout the district to be funded by the School Improvement Bond.

We made good progress last Tuesday night but we have more to do. Please attend the Jan. 15 meeting where we’ll decide which middle school, elementary and district-wide projects will be included in the bond. If you can’t come next Tuesday, we’ll be meeting again on Jan. 22 to finalize the list and set the amount of the bond — just in time for the March 19 vote. We want to hear from you. These are your schools and they need your support.

At South Side High School, the main focus is to bring the 12 classrooms currently housed outside in three portable trailers and two converted garages into the building. The portables, originally intended to be temporary solutions, have been in service for more than 30 years. They’ve outlived their usefulness and have assuredly seen better days. Because students and teachers must travel to and from these trailers, doors in the main building remain unlocked. By bringing the classroom space inside, we are able to lock the building, dramatically tightening security.

The two-story additions in the plans, one to the north and one to the south side of the building, will provide our students with modern and appropriate-sized instructional and science lab space. The cafeteria will be doubled in size so our kids won’t have to eat lunch in the halls or classrooms. Congestion and safety issues are solved by the redistribution of classroom space within the building.

As it stands now, the high school portion of the bond will include the replacement of existing grass fields with synthetic turf inside the running track, on the softball field and on the practice field in back of the building. Turf fields will be able to withstand greater usage in all weather conditions, allowing more of our teams to practice and host games on their home fields. The bond will also fund new bleacher seating on the main field and lighting for the practice field, allowing more practices to take place at the high school saving on transportation costs and freeing up fields around Rockville Centre for use by village athletic groups. Strict guidelines for use of lights on evenings and weekends, already adopted by the school board, will be in force when the lights are installed.

The arts are not neglected in the plans. Envisioned auditorium upgrades include new lighting, sound and stage systems, as well as safe access to the lighting and sound booths at the rear of the theater.

Video of past meetings can be found by visiting www.rvcschools.org or on the School Channel, Cablevision channel 19 within the Village of Rockville Centre and on Verizon channel 36. And as we mentioned earlier, our discussion continues at two more meetings in January — on the 15th and the 22nd. Please let your views be known: you can post to this blog, email us at boe@rvcschools.org or come to our meetings. All meetings are held at the South Side High School at 7:30 p.m.

These are your schools and they need your support.

joe thrapp January 24, 2013 at 07:19 AM
Mike , You and Patti keep confirming that elitist entitlement mentality. The field improvements will not put one RVC student on any all American HS teams. Ability belongs to the individual. If we got Patti's 200$ comment out of context, you just confirmed the elitist sense of entitlement. There are 25,000 residents in this village and you only speak for a small minority. What do you care about all the residents who will be effected by light pollution. The only difference from them and you is they all don't have 8,000$ for the beach club and 15,000$ for the country club so you can keep children away from all the other children in the village of lesser means. Enjoy the summer.
chris February 01, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Your response is very inappropriate and unacceptable. I can't believe the Patch would allow it. Please don't use the word or describe people as Nazi's. And please don't mention teachers or staff by name and slander them. It is wrong. If you don't want to vote for the Bond it is ok and it is your choice. I would ask the Patch to get the email address and computer ID information and address the individual. Very easy to do.
chris February 01, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Margaret, when someone says "it is for their kids", it is not obnoxious. It is their personal opinion. For you or anyone else to tell someone how to spend their money is wrong. If someone wants to vote no it is ok. If someone wants to vote yes it is ok. If someone can't afford the tax hike it is unfortunate. Times are tough. They have been for the past 4 years and probably will be for the next 4. If someone doesn't mind the tax hike it is ok. It is their choice. Don't say that it is not ok for someone to be ok with the take hike. See all sides of the matter. Don't try and sway someone on their vote. Let people vote the way the want. I understand the vote may affect people that voted the other way economically. This is a great community with very good schools. We should be proud of that.
ThePresident February 03, 2013 at 04:23 AM
I actually agree with infamousfred, he actually goes to the school and I have spoken to people in the school and they all say the same thing, maybe you should take advice from kids in the school because they have knowledge of what's going on in the school. You clearly have no idea what your talking about Chris your probably just like most parents in this town who just gossip and know nothing. It's people like you that make this town worse.
Taxed high February 03, 2013 at 04:31 AM
Haha the president, you other parents have to realize how messed up this school system is, I would like to say whoever the infamousfred is knows what he's talking about, he has 1st hand experience of what is wrong but yes Chris he should not mention names but to compare them to a something bad, there's a point to that obviously, we must step back and realize what he's trying to say, maybe the administration is bad at sshs

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