NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - With the New Rochelle Board of Education adopting a $253 million schools budget that will be put to a vote in May, attention now turns to a proposed $106 million schools bond referendum that will also be on the ballot.
Last month, board members unanimously approved a “historic” $106,479,575 capital bond project proposal that would include sweeping, district-wide infrastructure upgrades that would “greatly influence the teaching and learning environment for every student, teacher and staff member in New Rochelle’s school community.”
According to the Board, because the district is paying off significant debt in the next few years, there will be a minimal impact on New Rochelle taxpayers. Additionally, the district is set to receive nearly $50 million in building aid from the State Education Department.
The Board decided to present the bond proposal publicly following a district-wide review of each school building by the Districtwide Health and Safety Commitee, which then in turn collaborated with 10 school-based health and safety committees that put together a "Building Condition Survey." Once completed, the surveys showed that all 10 school buildings are rated “unsatisfactory.” Once potential work is completed, all buildings will earn a “satisfactory” rating.”
If approved, projects and repairs included in the bond would include an infrastructure overhaul, replacement athletic playing fields, and additional health, safety and structural issues that were identified in the survey.
At each school, the following amounts would be spent:
- New Rochelle High School - $35,711,103;
- Isaac E. Young Middle School -$9,622,710;
- Albert Leonard Middle School - $8,284,620;
- Henry Barnard School - $4,538,697;
- Columbus Elementary School - $9,644,957;
- George M. Davis, Jr., Elementary School - $8,935,190;
- Jefferson Elementary School - $5,942,532;
- Trinity Elementary School - $5,544,432;
- William B. Ward Elementary School - $12,811,975
- Daniel Webster Elementary School - $5,443,359.
The $106 million bond referendum and $253 million schools budget vote will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17. At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, at the regular Board of Education meeting held in the high school library, there will be a public hearing on both the budget and proposed bond referendum. Residents with questions on voter registration can call (914) 576-4219.
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