Jul 25, 2014
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Lynbrook Board of Education Gives Facilities Update at Meeting

Additions to the high school auditorium, a new music suite and added classroom space were discussed at the meeting; installation of elevators at two schools also may be included in plan.

Lynbrook Board of Education Gives Facilities Update at Meeting
Story by Rosemary Leonetti, Syntax

At the Jan. 8 meeting of the Lynbrook Board of Education, Dr. Paul Lynch, the district’s assistant superintendent for finance, operations and information systems, presented an update on the Strategic Planning Committee’s recommendations for facilities upgrades. 

Lynch's presentation focused mainly on a recommended addition to the high school that would accommodate a new music suite, auditorium and added classroom space. The additions might also include the installation of elevators at Marion Street School and Waverly Park School and the possible purchase of backup generators for the district.

After hearing the committee’s initial recommendations at the Nov. 13 meeting, the board had asked Dr. Lynch to commission the district architect to provide preliminary plans for the proposed high school addition. This was one of a number of projects that the committee recommended for consideration over the coming years that are too large and costly to be handled through the district’s capital reserve fund.

Therefore, the board is considering the possibility of presenting a bond proposal to voters to handle these larger projects.

Under new business, Lynbrook High School Principal Joseph Rainis explained details of a first reading of policy changes regarding the weighted GPA, the actual weighting percentages, and the procedure used to determine the valedictorian, salutatorian and top 20 of each class. The changes would take effect with the 2015 graduating class.

As part of the superintendent’s report, Dr. Lynch also presented preliminary estimates of the tax levy cap restrictions that the district would need to meet for the 2014-15 budget. 

Depending on the state aid package offered, Lynch estimated that the district would have to keep the tax levy increase between 1.5 and 1.6 percent to stay within the cap, which he said the district plans to do. He also was pleased to report that the capital project at North Middle School would be going out to bid on Feb. 5, with groundbreaking to commence at the end of the school year.

In the presentations portion of the meeting, senior Griffin Kreit was recognized as a News 12 Scholar-Athlete.

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