Manhasset school board adopts $44M capital projects bond

Manhasset school board adopts $44M capital projects bond
The Manhasset School District's Board of Education adopted a $44 million capital projects bond on Oct. 6. (Photo courtesy of the Manhasset School District)

Manhasset’s Board of Education adopted a resolution that will present a $44 million capital projects bond proposition to the school district community Dec. 8.

The bond, if passed by the community, would fund approximately 50 projects slated for Munsey Park, Shelter Rock and the Secondary School. The projects fall under three categories: safety and security, infrastructure and academic and co-curricular.

“As we look toward the future and how we can best invest in our students and our schools, the proposed scope of work will allow us to improve safety and security and building infrastructure, as well as update and modernize facilities to enhance our students’ academic and co-curricular experiences,” Superintendent Gaurav Passi said. 

Out of the 50 projects, 14 are safety and security, totaling $10.4 million; 20 are infrastructure, totaling $11.9 million; and 16 are academic and co-curricular, totaling $21.6 million.

The adoption of the bond followed several months of research and analysis by the school district’s Long Term Facilities Planning Committee, Passi said. The committee toured each building and found nearly 70 total projects that could be undertaken before condensing the list to around 50.

Some of the main infrastructure enhancements include a boiler replacement and exterior wall restoration at Munsey Park, black box multipurpose room and upper classroom reconstruction at Shelter Rock and auditorium stage, seat, sound equipment repair and replacement at the Secondary School, Passi said.

Reconstructing the Secondary School’s tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball field bleachers and stadium track lighting are also projects that the district could undertake five years from now, officials said.

Repairs to Munsey Park and the Secondary School are certainly warranted, Passi said, with the schools being constructed more than 80 years ago.

Even the Shelter Rock building, he said, was constructed 54 years ago and while all three are still “beautiful buildings,” more work is required to keep them modernized inside and out.

In total, the Secondary School’s projects will cost approximately $24.3 million, while Munsey Park’s projects will cost $11 million and Shelter Rock’s will cost $8.6 million, according to officials.

​​If the bond is passed by the community in December, Passi said, the scope of work on the school tax bill would be less than $350 annually for the average assessed value of a Manhasset home. The average taxable assessed value of a Manhasset home is around $1,400, according to Passi.

The vote will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Manhasset Secondary School Gymnasium. Residents are also able to attend building tours scheduled on Nov. 8 and Nov. 29 from 4 p.m.- 7 p.m.

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