Southold may host referendum to transfer funds for roof repair

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | The Southold Bord of Education would like to replace the 75-year-old roof at the high school.

The Southold School District may add a second referendum to the ballot in May to transfer funds to replace the high school roof, Southold School Board president Paulette Ofrias said at last week’s meeting.

The district will likely hold a referendum on moving a large amount of money from the repair fund to the capital budget to complete the job. She plans to have a cost estimate for the project by mid-March.

Assuming the May referendum is approved, Ms. Ofrias said the district may need to hold a second vote in October to authorize use of the funds. She said the district is legally prohibited from holding both referenda in the same school year.

The current slate roof has lasted 75 years.

“It served the district and the taxpayers well until this point,” Ms. Ofrias said.

Read more from the board meeting in Thursday’s paper.