Written by Gary Simeone Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
North Shore Schools Super-intendent Dr. Ed Melnick gave a brief history of the upcoming bond referendum and discussed how the school district finalized the current $19.6 million bond proposal.
“The process began two years ago when we started out with a committee in each school building,” said Dr. Melnick. “We originally came up with a figure of $110 million for a list of capital projects and were able to whittle the number down to the current figure.”
After the school’s committees came up with a list of projects they submitted them to the board. A district-wide committee was subsequently formed to meet and talk about the variety of projects. Melnick also sent out a questionnaire to the community to find out what they felt was essential and non -essential.
“We received a lot of community input on this,” said Melnick. “Judging from the feedback we received we felt it was imperative that we focus our spending on health and safety initiatives in the district.”
Many of the projects are infrastructure related like school ventilation systems, roofs, boilers, windows and insulation.
“These are necessary items that if we don’t fix them now they will cost us twice as much down the road,” said Board Vice President Tom Knierem.
Some of the items that the board chose to forego include a multi-purpose room in North Shore High School and a traffic safety study between the high school and middle school that would have cost the district $5 million.
“As much as we’d like to have these things, these are issues that we can’t afford to do right now,” said Melnick.
The next board meeting will be on Sept. 12 when the vote on a bond resolution is scheduled.
The bond referendum will be held on Dec. 5.