On Tuesday, Feb. 13, residents in the Syosset Central School District approved Proposition No. 1, the Facilities Improvement Plan, of the district’s bond referendum by a vote of 821 yes to 292 no. Residents also approved Proposition No. 2 of the referendum, the Enhanced Safety and Energy Efficiency Plan, by a vote of 909 yes to 204 no.

“The Board of Education and administration thank the community for their continued support,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers. “The work included in both propositions will not only preserve the community’s investment in our schools, but will also address the items identified in our Five-Year Buildings Condition Survey, renovate our facilities and improve the quality of education for our students into the future.” 

Proposition No. 1 includes remodeling science classrooms and research labs at Syosset High School; renovating the high school’s athletic complex, including replacing the athletic field and adding a new eight-lane track, relocating the softball field, and adding outdoor bathrooms and two additional tennis courts; addressing traffic safety issues at Baylis, Berry Hill and Walt Whitman elementary schools and Syosset High School; enclosing walkways at the South Grove Annex and the high school for enhanced security; installing air conditioning in all classrooms throughout the district and in the auditoriums at Harry B. Thompson and South Woods middle schools and Syosset High School; and replacing the weight room at Syosset High School to include additional bathrooms, locker rooms and a security corridor.
 
Proposition No. 2 will utilize an energy performance contract to replace furnaces at Baylis, South Grove, Village and Willits elementary schools; install solar panels on five schools for energy efficiency; install energy management systems in all schools; install a cogeneration unit to generate electricity for heating and hot water at Syosset High School; replace lighting fixtures with more efficient LED lighting; and install a cogeneration unit as an emergency backup generator at South Woods Middle School. 
 
The Board of Education and administration will keep the community informed on the progress of work included in both propositions by providing regular updates through the district’s website, newsletters and social media outlets.