The Riverhead Central School District Board of Education and administration is reminding all residents that the district will be holding its bond vote to raise funds for expansion on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 6 a.m to 9 p.m.

Polls will be open at Riley Avenue Elementary School, Phillips Avenue Elementary School, Roanoke Avenue Elementary School and Aquebogue Elementary School, and residents must vote at the elementary school that a child living in their house would attend based on their location. 

There are two separate bond propositions and each proposition requires a separate vote.

The first proposition, for $87.75 million, would include a $12 million expansion of Pulaski Street School, which is currently operating at 114 percent capacity, 24 additional high school classrooms, a new Pupil Personnel Services building and space reconfiguration at Phillips Avenue and Roanoke Avenue elementary schools.

The second proposition, which could only be approved if the first proposition is approved, includes $8.8 million in upgrades and reconfigurations of the district’s athletic fields between the Pulaski Street School and the Riverhead High School on Harrison Avenue.

The district estimates Proposition 1 will cost the average homeowner $197 per year in additional property taxes, while Proposition 2 will cost an additional $36.

“The Board of Education and administration believe that the proposed bond represents the input we received from the community, the priorities identified by the district’s architect, and facilities improvements that will benefit all students now and into the future,” said Board of Education President Gregory Meyer. “We believe now is the right time to present this fiscally responsible bond to the community, so that everyone will have a voice in deciding our district’s future. Please remember to vote on Tuesday, Feb. 25.”

More information, in English and in Spanish, is online here.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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