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Revised Bond Plan • Approved March 22, 2000

Establishment of the Annual Meeting, the Budget Hearing and The

Annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election

 

RESOLVED that the Board of Education hereby establishes the Annual Meeting, the Budget Hearing and the Annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election as prescribed in the attached resolution.

WHEREAS Chapter 644 of the Laws of the State of New York, amends the Education Law by adding a new section, 2022-a, Vote on Monetary Matters, which requires that a union free school district in a county with a population of one million or more, holding the election of board of education or board of trustees members, the vote upon the appropriation of the necessary funds to meet the estimated expenditures, or on propositions involving the expenditure of money, or authorizing the levy of taxes, provides that such election shall be held on the third Tuesday in May, (May 16, 2000)

AND WHEREAS this act took effect January 1, 1996, and applies to the annual meeting, annual election for board of education or board of trustees members and annual budget vote or referendum held on or after such effective date, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Freeport Union Free School District shall hold a budget hearing on May 3, 2000 at 7:30 PM.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the Board shall be, and is hereby directed to have notices of the Annual Budget Vote and Election to be held on May 16, 2000, published in the Official Papers of the District. These papers shall be The Freeport Baldwin Leader and The Long Island Graphic, two newspapers having general circulation within the District. Said publications shall be at least four times and on the dates as listed for each newspaper. The Freeport Baldwin Leader shall be March 30, April 6, April 20, and May 4, 2000, or an alternate date within the required notification period. The Long Island Graphic shall be March 29, April 5, 19, and May 3, 2000, or an alternate date within the required notification period, and the Clerk of the Board of Education shall have notices of the May 3, 2000 Budget Hearing published in the Official Papers of the District. Said publications shall be at least four times and on the dates as listed for each newspaper. The Freeport Baldwin Leader shall be on the dates as listed for the notice of the annual budget vote and election or an alternate date within the required notification period. The Long Island Graphic shall be on the dates as listed for the notice of the annual budget vote and election or an alternate date within the required notification period.

FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Registration shall meet in accordance with the Laws of the State of New York on May 1, 2000, in the designated polling places between the hours of 2 o’clock p.m. and 8 o’clock p.m. (local time). This Board of Registration shall also meet on May 2 and May 3, 2000, in the Administration Building between the hours of 2 o’clock p.m. and 8 o’clock p.m. (local time).

AND FURTHER RESOLVED that this Board of Education determines that voting machines are to be used for the purpose of recording the vote at said meeting of the District to be held on May 16, 2000, between the hours of 6 o’clock a.m. and 9 o’clock p.m. (local time), pursuant to the provisions of the Education Law, and the Clerk of the District is hereby directed to procure such machines as may be necessary for use at said meeting.

BE IT RESOLVED that nominations for the Office of School Trustee shall be filed with the School District Clerk, Administration Building, on or before 5 o’clock p.m. (local time) April 17, 2000, and shall contain at least thirty-three (33) signatures of qualified voters.

FURTHER RESOLVED that a lottery shall take place on April 18, 2000, at 10:00 am. for the purpose of determining candidate placement on the ballot.

BE IT RESOLVED that all questions and propositions for the conduct of the meetings and elections, other than those for the Office of School Trustee) which the qualified voters of the District desire to be placed on the voting machines, shall be filed with the School District Clerk, Administration Building, on or before 5 o’clock p.m. (local time) March 31, 2000, upon the presentation of a petition signed by at least eighty-four (84) qualified voters of the School District.

BE IT RESOLVED that absentee ballots will be provided for the election of Board members and Budget Vote, in accordance with Education Law of the State of New York, §2018-a.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that a Proposition in substantially the following form shall be presented to the qualified voters of the District at such Annual District Meeting and Election:

RESOLVED:

(a) that the Board of Education of the Freeport Union Free School District, in the County of Nassau, New York (the "District") is hereby authorized to undertake a project (the "Project") as described in a revised plan (the "Revised Plan"), available for public inspection in the office of the District Clerk, providing for (i) the construction of additions and/or alterations and improvements to Freeport High School, including the construction of new classrooms, science, faculty and other space; interior reconstruction and space reconfiguration; the installation of new lockers, flooring and bleachers; improvements to enhance accessibility for the physically challenged; and recreation improvements including track resurfacing, at the estimated maximum cost of $11,503,000; (ii) the construction of additions and/or alterations and improvements to all other District buildings and sites thereof, including construction of new classrooms, library and other space; the installation of elevators; improvements to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning and lighting systems; ceiling replacement; technology infrastructure improvements; interior and exterior reconstruction; new bleachers and scoreboard; and recreation and site improvements, at the estimated maximum cost of $8,097,000; and (iii) the construction of the New Visions Elementary School on a parcel of land owned by the District located on Raynor Street and heretofore designated as the site of an elementary school building, at the estimated maximum cost of $16,000,000; all of the foregoing to include the original equipment, furnishings, machinery, apparatus and ancillary or related site and other work required in connection therewith; and to expend therefor, including preliminary costs and costs incidental thereto and the financing thereof, of an amount not to exceed the estimated total cost of $35,600,000; provided the estimated costs set forth in the Revised Plan may be reallocated among the various District Buildings and components of the Project if the Board of Education shall determine that a reallocation is in the best interests of the District, provided that the aggregate amount to be expended shall not exceed the $35,600,000 estimated total cost of the Project and no material change shall be made in the scope and purpose of the Project;

(b) that a tax is hereby voted therefor in the amount of not to exceed $35,600,000 to finance such cost, such tax to be levied and collected in installments in such years and in such amounts as shall be determined by said Board of Education;

(c) that in anticipation of said tax, bonds of the District are hereby authorized to be issued in the principal amount of not to exceed $35,600,000 and a tax is hereby voted to pay the interest on said bonds as the same shall become due and payable, provided, however, that New York State Building Aid funds anticipated to be received by the District for the Project are expected to offset a substantial portion of such taxes; and

(d) that in the event this Proposition is approved, the 2000-2001 General Fund Operating Budget of the District shall be reduced by the amount of $1,800,000, said amount having been included in such Operating Budget to pay for classroom additions at the Freeport High School.

 

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