The Center Moriches School District hosted a $45 million bond vote on Oct. 24 for two phases of projects, including major building upgrades as well as a turf football field. The vote ultimately failed, with 341 yes votes to 610 no votes for Proposition 1 and 258 yes votes to 690 no votes for Proposition 2.
“The district will reflect upon these results and begin planning its next steps in the coming weeks. We will keep the community informed of any new developments,” the district released in a statement after the results.
The project, according to Keri Loughlin, assistant superintendent for business, had a focus on health and safety, with roof replacement and sidewalk repair. Also, part of the proposal was the bus loop construction for 559 Main Street, which was purchased after last year’s referendum passed.
The first proposition was for infrastructure including the roof replacement, door replacements, sidewalk repair, new boilers, library upgrades, an auditorium revamp, a dedicated space for the music department and as well as family consumer science classroom upgrades and new locker rooms at both the middle and high schools.
The second proposition was for a new turf field. The district currently uses the nearby Town of Brookhaven turf field, though there are no bleachers. The new field would include the existing, already replaced lighting as well as new bleachers for viewing and a press box.
The total cost for the field would have been about $3.6 million. Proposition 2 was contingent on Proposition 1 passing. However, both failed.
The work was to be done in phases over the course of three to four years, spreading the costs.