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New Rochelle Board Of Education Discussing Near $50M Bond Referendum

The New Rochelle Board of Education is preparing to host a public forum about a potential $50 million bond referendum. Photo Credit: NRCSD
If approved, infrastructure improvements will be made throughout the school district, including a new fire escape at the high school. Photo Credit: NRCSD
Masonry work would be included in the capital projects if the New Rochelle bond referendum is voted on. Photo Credit: NRCSD
Infrastructure upgrades are needed in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: NRCSD

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The New Rochelle Board of Education is set to host a public forum where they will discuss the merits of voting on nearly $50 million in bonds that will be used to help improve the entire school district’s infrastructure.

At the forum, the Board will accept input on a proposed bond proposition authorizing the issuance of $49,529,094 in bonds to pay the cost of the reconstruction and construction of improvements to school buildings, including site work and incidental construction costs.

The public forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 at the New Rochelle High School Library. The Board will then vote at a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Ward Elementary School about whether to present the bond for a public vote that would be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

If approved, the proposed capital projects include partial roof repairs at multiple schools, masonry repairs, electrical updates, window and door replacements. Construction would be completed in three phases, with each finished no later than the summer of 2018. A detailed report about estimated costs of the projects can be found here .

“As always, we are committed to the dual goals of excellence and equity for every student in our schools,” Board of Education President Lianne Merchant said in a letter to parents. “At the same time, we remain ever mindful of the significant burden that quality education places upon our local taxpayers.”

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