Over the course of the next month, the Sag Harbor School district administration and board of education will continue to make a pitch that the community vote to approve two upcoming bonds aimed at maintaining and improving a number of facilities at Sag Harbor Elementary School and Pierson Middle/High School.
And in our opinion, both projects are long overdue.
The first bond, which totals $7,357,132 in spending, will cost the average homeowner less than $9 a month.
What does that get you? The complete renovation of the Pierson Middle/High School auditorium and the addition of a building that will provide needed support services for that space. This will give the school adequate seating in the auditorium, but more importantly create safer egress with improved exits, improved lighting and sound, and new storage spaces. Shop and technology education spaces will also be improved, and the school’s kitchen brought up to health department standards. The elementary school gymnasium will also be improved and parking lots at both schools reconfigured for safety. A partial roof replacement is also planned for the elementary school.
These are critical safety and maintenance issues that are long overdue and frankly more than worthwhile at $9 per month.
The second bond proposition may seem like an extravagance, but in reality is something that virtually every school district in Suffolk County has and an improvement that can only save money over time. The district is asking voters to approve $1,620,000 for a turf field and walking track at Pierson Middle High School.
This bond would cost the average homeowner a little more than $1 per month.
Outside of being an improvement athletes at school would certainly benefit from, this is a district improvement that will cut costs over time in terms of maintenance of the existing field and will increase safety. By the time the bond is paid off, the field is expected to have already paid for itself in savings.
As a community these expenditures not only seem reasonable, but necessary, which is why we endorse both propositions and encourage voters to turn out in support of them on November 13.