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Ossining Board of Ed To Discuss New Bond Proposal

OSSINING, N.Y. – The Ossining Board of Education will be discussing a new capital projects proposal on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt School, and it invites members of the community to participate in the discussion.

"We heard the voters loud and clear last spring when they defeated the $69 million bond proposition to expand and repair Ossining schools," said Bill Kress, the president of the Ossining Board of Education. "Yet, our facilities still have serious needs and it is our responsibility to find a way to address them."

Repairs that are needed in the Ossining school district include roofs, boilers, windows and masonry work at the Anne M. Dorner Middle School and at the high school, a new boiler, fuel tanks, annex windows and renovations to the auditorium. Both schools also need additional classrooms to house students who are moving up in the school system.

Recognizing that the community cannot afford to make all the repairs and renovations that are needed, the Board of Education and district administrators have been working to develop a reduced proposal that addresses the district's most pressing needs. The proposal would keep debt payments flat so that residents would not see and increase in school taxes as a result of the bond.

"In scaling back the proposal to expand and repair our schools, the Board of Education recognizes that tough choices must be made," said Kress. "That's why we are asking community members to come out and share their concerns and priorities. Now is the time to shape the proposal that will be put before voters next spring."

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