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From the Desk of Dr. Laurence Aronstein Superintendent of GC Schools

A Modest Proposal

The Glen Cove Board of Education is putting up a modest bond resolution of $3.45 million in order to address some immediate problems, namely roofing and boilers. The school district invited a well-qualified, independent inspector, who reviewed the High School, Deasy Elementary School and Gribbin Elementary School roofs, and the boilers at the Gribbin Elementary School and Thayer House. The inspectors concluded that the remaining 50 percent of the High School roof, which is not currently being replaced, should be replaced as soon as possible, and that the Gribbin and Deasy roofs may only have up to two years left before they begin to fail.

They also concluded that the Gribbin and Thayer House boilers could fail at any time and needed to be replaced as soon as possible. The board of education, after receiving a good deal of input from the public, has also decided to refurbish bathrooms, two at the High School and two at the Middle School, and to refurbish the High School locker rooms.

Work to be included in the bond - estimated costs:
High School roof (remainder) $1,250,000
Gribbin roof $790,000
Deasy roof $375,000
Gribbin boilers (two) $450,000
Thayer House boiler $70,000
High School locker rooms (Boys/Girls) $350,000
Refurbish High School bathrooms (two) $85,625
Refurbish Middle School bathrooms (two) $85,625
Install Landing food preparation area 0
(Using revenue from School Lunch Program at no cost to taxpayers)

According to the engineer’s report, the Thayer House boiler was installed in 1940. The lifecycle of this type of boiler is 35 years. The boiler is leaking badly and will not be functional next winter. The Gribbin boilers were installed 43 years ago. These boilers have a life expectancy of 25 years. The boilers show multiple signs of failures over the years. The bottom steel at the support base is rapidly degrading and will soon fail. The boilers are operating at 45 percent efficiency or less.

The inspector also found that the remaining High School roof continues to leak. He recommends that the remaining roof area should be done within the next year. The inspector also finds that the Deasy and Gribbin roofs have numerous wrinkles in the membrane covering. These wrinkles are due to movement over the years because of the expanding and contracting of the material as a result of varying temperature conditions. Wrinkling is a telltale sign that this type of roof needs to be replaced.

Anyone who has visited the High School and Middle School bathrooms, and the High School locker rooms knows that these facilities need to be refurbished. The bond referendum calls for a modest $3.45 million, which represents an average increase to the average household of about $33 per year.

Please vote on the bond referendum on Tuesday, May 19.