On Tuesday, Oct. 22, BH-BL residents approved the district’s $34.2 million Renovations Referendum by a vote of 1368 to 653, by a margin of 67.7 percent.
The referendum, which carries a less than 1 percent tax levy increase, will fund 33 projects that were identified as the district’s most urgent needs in the areas of 21st century learning, critical infrastructure & energy conservation, athletics & physical education and safety & security. Additionally, nearly 77 percent of the project will be reimbursed through state building aid.
This referendum proposal yielded the highest number of residents to vote in a district referendum proposal in BH-BL history exceeding the 1,808 vote record with 2,024 ballots cast.
“The overwhelming support for the Renovations Referendum is a reflection of the high value placed on education in the BH-BL community and shows that our residents believe in and support our schools,” said Superintendent Patrick McGrath. “The next few years are going to be very exciting as our schools are transformed into spaces that allow and encourage all of our students to collaborate, communicate, design, create, invent, problem solve and think critically—which are skills that are necessary for students to succeed in college and workplace settings.”
When the project is complete, BH-BL students, staff and residents will benefit from:
For a comprehensive listing of the 33 projects included in the Renovations Referendum, please visit the referendum webpages.
District leaders will work closely with its architects,
construction management firm and staff members to draft detailed
specifications of the projects and submit them to the State
Education Department (SED) for approval. Once approval is
granted, the projects will go out for public bidding. The
district hopes to secure approval of safety and security
projects in time to begin work during the summer of 2014.