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Jan 27, 2010 1:47 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach School Board poised to appoint architect

Jan 27, 2010 1:47 PM

Westhampton Beach school officials hope to select an architect by early February who would oversee the installation of artificial turf on the district’s main athletic field, if the project is ever voted on and approved by taxpayers.

Westhampton Beach Superintendent Lynn Schwartz announced during the School Board’s meeting on Monday, January 25, that the district had sent out non-binding requests for proposals, which were due back on January 14, to eight architectural firms. Five responded and one asked for more time.

By the end of this week, five firms will be interviewed, Mr. Schwartz said after Monday’s meeting. District officials are hopeful that School Board members will select an architect at their next meeting on Monday, February 8.

Retaining an architect to oversee the project, and other soft costs surrounding the installation of a turf field and resurfacing the track, will bump up the price of the project from $1.2 million to $1.6 million, Mr. Schwartz said during a previous meeting.

Last February, the Westhampton Beach School District Facilities Committee recommended the installation of a turf field and the resurfacing of the track. Board members accepted the committee report, but the cost of the artificial field forced them to put the project on hold last year.

Talks have been revived this year and, two weeks ago, Mr. Schwartz proposed a number of ways the turf field could be paid for—all of which would require taxpayer approval.

Hallie D. Martin

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There are 200 homes in zip 11978 that are in pre-foreclosue (lis pendens) per Realty trac.com

In town we have vacant: the National, the bowling alley, they old gas station on Main, Dora's, metro, the Shell and the old gas station near the bowling alley. That's a pretty weak tax base.

You have a Police Department under investigation and an overpaid chief w/o a contract (sounds dilly but it is true).

Frankly this is just dumb and someone needs to stand up and say so
By Hambone (514), New York on Feb 5, 10 9:28 AM
"The State Constitution imposes duty on legislature to ensure availability of sound basic education to all children of state." Campaign for Fiscal Equity v State (1995) 86 NY2d 307

Oh, and if you pay taxes for education in the Westhampton Beach School District, you will also pay 1.6 Million for astro-turf.

The illustrious President of the Board of Education, Aram Terchunian, tells us in his Viewpoint published this week in the Press, that we should save money by spending money. ...more
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Feb 5, 10 12:21 PM