In addition to conditions of which the Board is aware, many of you have
shared your opinions on the state of our facilities and upgrades you
believe are necessary as we move forward. After considering various
possibilities, we have concluded that the best option is a capital
improvement bond which will allow us to take advantage of the building
aid that the state will reimburse us. The District is proposing a bond
of just less than 50 million dollars, but after the District receives
building aid, the work will actually cost the taxpayers of West Islip
less than 15 million dollars.
As you will see from the overview on the website, we have been listening
to your suggestions. From security upgrades to building repairs to
technology improvements, we have heard you and tried to incorporate the
things that matter to you. While we were listening to you, we were also
asking the full administration for a comprehensive list of the needs
within their areas of responsibilities, and they, in turn, sought input
from their staffs.
As you can imagine, the feedback from administration and community
members yielded a tremendous number of projects which needed to be
prioritized. To evaluate the items, the Board of Education trustees did
site inspections of every one of the district’s buildings and reviewed
every one of the hundreds of requests. We then turned to Burton,
Behrendt and Smith (BBS), the District’s architect, for their
professional assessment of the condition of the buildings and the needs
of the district.
With all of that information and professional advice, the Board has
generated a list of projects that we believe are extremely important to
the future success of the students of the West Islip School District and
the West Islip community. The bond vote will be held on Tuesday,
November 17, 2015 in West Islip High School. All registered voters are
eligible to participate in this referendum.
We welcome you to attend one of the many public information sessions we
will hold between now and the day of the vote. In addition to presenting
an overview of the work to be done, a primer on how a bond works, and
the financial details of this bond, we will answer your questions and
listen to your suggestions.
We look forward to seeing you at the information sessions and appreciate
your continued support of education in West Islip.
West Islip Board of Education