Nassau County residents are asked to participate in a public vote that would authorize Nassau BOCES to purchase the Carman Road School for $9 million. Nassau BOCES has leased the school from the Massapequa Union Free School District since 1979, incurring annual rental expense that was charged to all 56 component districts. Owning the building will eliminate that expense in 2017-18 and in all subsequent years. The special vote will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
The school serves medically fragile students who live with a range of disabilities. Many of the more than 160 students began attending the school when they were just 3 years old and will stay in the program until they are 21. Roughly 80 percent of the students use wheelchairs and the majority use assistive technology to communicate.
If Nassau BOCES receives approval to purchase the Carman Road 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. As indicated, the savings in 2017-18 will be nearly $900,000. The $9 million cost of the building will be recovered in 10 years. Overall, the Nassau BOCES strategy of owning buildings rather than renting them (Barry Tech in 2000, Iris Wolfson High School and Career Preparatory High School in 2001 and the Lupinskie Center in 2009) has saved the Nassau County taxpayers millions of tax dollars.