BOE Provides Bond Update at September Meeting

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The Lynbrook High School cafeteria was filled with community members as Lynbrook Board of Education President William Belmont welcomed residents to the first board meeting of the new school year on Sept. 13. 

To kick off the exciting year, special guest Patricia Sympson from the East Rockaway and Lynbrook Historical Society spoke about their exhibit which features old school photos and report cards. She thanked the district for their help in bringing the exhibit to life and how the schools helped provide local history to the community. 

The board honored Athletic Director Tom Graham and cross-country coaches Pete McNally and Brian Donaldson for going above and beyond this summer for their student-athletes. Board secretary Robert Paskoff presented the three with t-shirts for their hard work and dedication. 

Mr. Belmont also announced the new faculty members who recently joined the district asked each of them to stand to be recognized. 

To prepare residents for the bond referendum on Oct. 3, Dr. Paul Lynch, assistant superintendent for finance, operations and information systems, presented on the revised bond proposal. 

Dr. Lynch highlighted the district’s needs based on extensive input from the community and noted the current bond realizes a reduction of approximately $15 million from the one presented to the community last year. He provided photos of the current conditions versus what a transformation could entail. He emphasized all buildings in the district would receive improvements, including air conditioning in all the elementary and middle school gymnasiums as well as a complete renovation of the middle school locker rooms, and significant improvements to the Atlantic Avenue wresting room. 

Work at Lynbrook High School would include modernizing and expanding the science facilities, upgrading the STEM classroom, adding larger music and arts rooms, and creating a school store to work in tandem with a large classroom work laboratory for the Career Development Program. He also presented financial figures and demonstrated how each resident could calculate their individual estimated impact. Additional information about the proposed projects can be found at

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak conducted her Superintendent’s Report where she spoke about the district’s recent first place ranking on for the “2018 Safest School Districts in Nassau County.” 

Dr. Burak also shared that the new district website was launched, allowing for the school calendar to be exported onto an individual’s device and giving residents the option to translate the information into their preferred language. She spoke about a new curriculum update where a Regents Exam committee will be formed to discuss the impact of grades and determine a recommendation before the end of the first marking period to institute a change for this year.  

To assist in the capital projects update, Dr. Lynch provided an overview of the work that has been completed in all of the buildings. He spoke about the high school updates, which included floor, ceiling and lighting projects, the clock system being replaced and a room being converted into a space for tablet issues. Dr. Lynch also included the work done at Marion Street Elementary School, North Middle School, South Middle School and Waverly Park Elementary School.