Geothermal Vote in Bridgehampton

A vote will take place at the Bridgehampton School on Tuesday. Christine Sampson

Voters in the Bridgehampton School District will cast ballots on Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. on the school’s proposed geothermal and five-year plan.

If approved, the capital reserve expenditure will allow district officials to proceed with a new geothermal system as well as mandated repairs outlined in the school’s Building Condition Survey and Five Year Plan 2015-2019. Last year, voters approved the $24.7 million construction and expansion project. 

“We now ask that you allow us to use these funds of the voter-approved Geothermal and Five Year Plan Reserve Fund to ensure a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment for our students,” it says on the school’s website.

The statement goes on to explain that holding the vote this month means the district will be able to schedule work on the new geothermal heating and cooling system for the start of the expansion project, which is tentatively scheduled for April. Voting will be held in the gymnasium. A yes authorizes the necessary expenditures; a no means that the money will remain in the fund until authorized through a public vote. 

Lois Favre, the district superintendent, stressed that the reserve is completely funded and will not result in any tax increase.