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New Rochelle Voters Approve Schools Budget, Capital Improvement Bond

New Rochelle school officials - here at a previous Board of Education meeting - discussing the capital bonds project, which was approved on Tuesday.
New Rochelle school officials - here at a previous Board of Education meeting - discussing the capital bonds project, which was approved on Tuesday. Photo Credit: CSDNR

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - New Rochelle voters have approved the Board of Education’s proposed $253 million schools budget and ratified the district’s $106 million bond referendum by near three-to-one margins.

On Tuesday, by a 3,207-1,263 vote, residents unofficially approved the district’s capital improvement bond, and the $253.7 million budget - which represents a 1.11 percent tax levy increase from last year - passed by a 3,162- 1,324 tally.

The “historic” $106,479,575 capital bond project proposal includes 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.

Projects and repairs included in the bond 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 will 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.

“We are grateful for the support from New Rochelle voters for this capital improvement bond and annual budget and the trust the community has placed in our administration,” Superintendent Brian Osborne said. “This is a necessary investment in our school buildings that will not only address safety and health issues but also reflect the pride we all have in our district.

“We would like to thank voters for their endorsement of the budget. The community is once again providing the district with the support needed to sustain and provide for implementing forward-thinking educational programs under a budget that is balanced for the second straight year.”

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