Jonathan Ross Ed.D.Superintendent of Schools
October 18, 2017
Dear Members of the Blind Brook Community,
Yesterday, registered voters of the District authorized spending of up to $44.7 million to construct additions, and make alterations and improvements to Blind Brook District school buildings. By a vote of 540 to 155, the special referendum passed.
On behalf of the Blind Brook Board of Education, administration, faculty, staff and students I wish to express my deep appreciation to everyone in this community for their support of the proposed construction projects and the successful passage of this referendum. We will honor this confidence and trust by using these resources as effectively and as transparently as possible, for the good of all students attending Blind Brook schools.
Over the next eight months, a period of final design development and construction planning will take place. This will be followed by the necessary NYS Education Department project review and approval process, and thereafter, project bidding will commence in accordance with NYS Wicks Law requirements. The Board of Education is expected to approve construction contracts on or about May 3, 2019. By June 24, 2019, construction will begin at both the BMP Ridge Street School and Blind Brook MS/HS. The full period of construction is estimated at 14-18 months with substantial completion expected by September 2020 and final punch list work completed by January 2021. This is an ambitious schedule but our expectations are that all milestones will be met to achieve the plan, on time and, at or below what has been budgeted for both projects. You can expect periodic updates about the progress of this initiative in the months ahead and through to its completion.
Again, my sincerest thanks to the eligible voters of this community for the authorization provided to make these projects a reality and for your ongoing support of all Blind Brook public schools and students.
Jonathan Ross, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools