Voters in the Lynbrook School District approved on Tuesday a $28.9 million bond proposal. The decision was 1,254 yes votes to 710 no votes.
“We are grateful to the Lynbrook community for their continued support,” Superintendent Dr. Melissa Burak said in a release. “The approval of the bond referendum will enable us to expand, enhance and enrich the three core areas – academics, the arts and athletics.”
The bond will fund three new science classrooms; a larger science research facility; new classrooms for the chorus, band and orchestra; a new classroom for the Career Development Program; a school store in which career development students would learn how to run a business; and renovations to the auditorium. Many of the new rooms will be housed in a two-story, 33,274-square-foot addition to the high school. The bond will also update middle school locker rooms, add air conditioning to the elementary and middle school gyms and upgrade the wrestling room at the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center, across from the high school.
The total cost of the 20-year bond is $33.9 million, of which $5 million will be covered by reserves. Homeowners will see an estimated average annual increase of $168 in their school taxes. The formula for each homeowner can be calculated at lynbrookschools.org by accessing the Bond tab, then clicking on Fast Financial Facts.
This was the second bond proposal in as many years for the district. In March 2016, a $46 million proposal was voted down by 314 votes. After the 2016 bond was defeated, district officials scaled back on their projects, issued a voter survey to gather feedback and restructured another proposal that would be less expensive and still fit district needs.