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Sewanhaka's $100 million bond
School officials highlight needs as Dec. 4 public bond vote nears
Courtesy Sewanhaka Central High School District
Elmont Memorial High School

The Sewanhaka Central High School District is making clear its need for voter passage of a proposed $99.5 million bond in a Dec. 4 referendum. District officials say that the average homeowner would pay an additional $144 annually if the bond is approved.

Superintendent of Schools Ralph Ferrie spoke to the Herald on Nov. 7 about the most critical needs of each district building, highlighting the areas that its renovation plan, prepared by the district’s architects, Wiedersum Associates, would address. The district — comprising Sewanhaka, H. Frank Carey, Elmont Memorial, Floral Park Memorial and New Hyde Park Memorial high schools — would see major renovations and upgrades, as well as additions to Sewanhaka High’s vocational buildings and the Alva T. Stanforth Community Athletic Facility, in Elmont.

The district’s oldest school, Sewanhaka High, in Floral Park, built in 1929, would undergo $31.3 million in renovations and repairs — nearly a third of the total bond. Approximately $18 million would be earmarked for a new cafeteria and gymnasium. The school’s current gym is too small, with low ceilings and limited spectator seating.

The new cafeteria, which would be built on the first floor, would allow for the separation of seventh- and eighth-graders from high school students. Ferrie detailed the rusted fixtures of the building’s roof, which would be replaced where necessary.

H. Frank Carey, in Franklin Square, built in 1955, would undergo $15 million in repairs, many involving its athletic field. A new track and synthetic-turf field would be constructed for the football, boys’ and girls’ soccer and lacrosse programs, designed to allow for new baseball and softball fields. Other work would include the reconstruction of the building’s roof and renovations of the bathrooms, music room and science rooms. The music room has cubbies with cracked and broken wood foundations. Some of the building’s elevators are rusted, and have discolored and displaced tiles.

Ferrie noted the deteriorating parking lot, with its cracked, uneven concrete, and the bathrooms, some of which have chipped paint and inoperable latches.


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