Bedford Schools Want Survey Input for Renovations

Bedford Central School District is doing an Internet survey for proposed schools renovations, which could total around $75 million; a March bond vote is the goal.

The Bedford Central School District wants folks to fill out an Internet survey, in seeking to gauge public opinion for several proposed major schools renovations that would involve a bond vote.

The district announced that it is running the online survey until Dec. 7. The survey can be found at www.justafewmorequestions.com/bedfordcentral and it leads to a series of questions meant to measure support for items being considered for the capital plan. 

The possible items include a comprehensive renovation and reconstruction of West Patent Elementary School (about $35 million), new science labs, an expanded cafeteria and new entrance for Fox Lane Middle School (roughly $7 million), and renovating the track and turf field at Fox Lane High School (about $2.8 million).

If all possible items are considered in final proposal package for a bond vote, the cost could be about $75 million, according to the district. The school board will have a status update on the capital plan at tonight's meeting, which starts at 8 p.m. in the middle school's Little Theatre.

Meanwhile, the district is pursuing an aggressive timeline over the next three months before a possible March 12 bond vote. It includes holding community sessions on Dec. 4 at West Patent Elementary (at 9:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.), having a recommended capital plan package for the school board at its Dec. 19 meeting, a Jan. 9 public input period before the board, and a Jan. 23 board vote on whether to send the plan to the voters for a bond referendum. 


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