Public vote to purchase Jerusalem Avenue School—
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Nassau County residents are asked to participate in a public vote that would authorize Nassau BOCES to purchase the Jerusalem Avenue School for $12 million. Nassau BOCES has leased the school from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District since 1998, incurring an annual rental expense that was charged to all 56 component districts. Owning the building will eliminate that expense of $1.4 million in 2018-19 and in all subsequent years. The special vote will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
Benefits of proposed purchase
- The purchase of the Jerusalem Avenue School will reduce the facilities rental costs charged to our component school districts by approximately $1.4 million for the 2018-19 school year.
- If approved, the purchase will be made with funds in the Nassau BOCES Capital Fund that have been set aside specifically for this purpose. No borrowing or debt service expense will be incurred so the impact of the savings will be immediate.
The school serves nearly 350 students in two special education programs – the Jerusalem Avenue Elementary Program and the Children’s Readiness Center. These students have a range of learning, behavioral and developmental disabilities, and need more services than can be provided in a local school district.
If Nassau BOCES receives approval to purchase the Jerusalem Avenue School, all Nassau County school districts will benefit financially. The purchase of the building eliminates the annual rental expense that is included in the Administrative Charges shared by all 56 Nassau County school districts. The $12 million cost of the building will be recovered in approximately nine years. Overall, the Nassau BOCES strategy of owning buildings rather than renting them has saved the Nassau County taxpayers millions of tax dollars.