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Bond Proposal Community Information Survey

For Spanish, please click the Google Translate button on the bottom of this page. 
 
We are pleased to announce that the Board of Education is seeking community input regarding a potential bond issue* to support various improvements and enhancements to our buildings and grounds. In alignment with Board of Education goals, this bond would continue and enhance the maintenance and improvement of district facilities in order to provide students and staff with a healthy and safe learning environment. 
 
Over the summer months, the Board of Education and its Bond Issue Exploratory Team have deeply reviewed the district’s Five-Year Capital Plan, past and future Energy Performance Contracts**, and other pertinent information as related to the maintenance and improvement of district facilities. These efforts have resulted in the identification of a prioritized schedule of capital projects which are recognized as those that support the short- and long-term capital needs of the district.
 
The bond issue proposal that the Board of Education is considering includes two propositions.

  • Proposition #1 provides for approximately $65 Million in improvement and maintenance projects including, but not limited to, security upgrades; air conditioning in large venues (e.g. gyms, cafeterias); student and adult restroom renovations; masonry & asphalt renovations/repairs; roof replacement/repairs; technology upgrades; and more. Proposition #1 will be 100% tax neutral. Important to share is due to careful multi-year planning and effective budgeting practices, this means that the costs associated with this bond issue will not result in an increase to the tax-levy.
  • If there is an interest expressed by the community to air condition the schools, the Board of Education would be asked to consider a second proposition for a community vote. Commonly, this would be called Proposition #2.
    • This second proposition would provide for an additional $56 Million for central air conditioning in all eight schools plus the Cedar Road School, which houses other district programs. Proposition #2 would require future tax-levy increases of 2.5% to 3.5% ($260-$520) on top of the tax cap, each year, for the next 15 to 20 years. Instead of a typical 2% tax cap, the Commack community's tax cap for the next 15 to 20 years would be 4.5% to 5.5%, each year.  

      Please note that for Proposition #2 to pass, Proposition #1 must pass.

    To effectively engage with the community on this topic, the Board of Education is inviting community members, both with and without school-aged children, to participate in Bond Issue Exploratory Focus Groups or complete a survey to have their voice heard. The purpose of these focus groups will be to gather the voice of the community regarding their level of support for the identified projects. Focus groups will run during the month of September 2019, and both daytime and evening sessions will be available. While we are offering multiple focus group options and you are welcome to attend any session regardless of where your child attends school, we ask that you only attend one session. In addition, the topic of the Bond Issue will also be presented at PTA meetings throughout September. 

    Please choose the option below that best fits the level of participation in which you would like to engage:

    The Board of Education will also host a Bond Issue Informal Hearing on October 2nd, 6:00 p.m., at Commack High School. At that time, the District will be presenting an outline of the projects to be recommended to the Board of Education. This Informal Hearing is one additional opportunity for community residents to be heard regarding a potential bond. Community members are encouraged to attend this meeting. 


    After careful review of all community input, the Board of Education will decide whether to adopt a resolution for a bond vote. This decision will be made at the Monday, October 7, 2019 Board of Education Meeting (7:30 p.m., Commack High School). If the Board of Education does adopt a resolution for a bond issue, such a vote would be held on December 3, 2019. 

    Should you have any questions or would like to provide written comment rather than attend a focus group meeting, the informal hearing, or complete a survey, please email bondissueinput@commack.k12.ny.us. Please provide your name, address, and a phone number so we could contact you if appropriate. 


    *A bond is a voter-approved loan that includes the repayment of both principal and interest over a multi-year period, like the mortgage for your home.
    **An Energy Performance Contract is a form of financing which utilizes the stream of income from the cost savings, or the renewable energy produced, to repay the costs of the project, including the costs of the investment.

    For Spanish, please click the Google Translate button on the bottom of this page.   

    Focus Group Sessions

    Sept. 17, 1pm at Commack Middle School
    Sept. 17, 7pm at Commack Middle School

    Sept. 19, 11am at Burr Intermediate School
    Sept. 19, 6pm at Burr Intermediate School
     
    Sept. 24, 1pm at Commack High School
    Sept. 24, 7pm at Commack High School
     
    The Bond Informal Hearing:
    October 2, 6pm at Commack High School 
    Contact Information
    By Mail:  P.O. Box 150, Commack, NY 11725
    By Phone:  (631) 912-2000
    By Email: webmaster@commack.k12.ny.us
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