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$41.6M Ossining School Bond Up For Vote In March

OSSINING, N.Y. – Members of the Ossining Board of Education voted unanimously on Wednesday night to move ahead with a $41.6 million school bond referendum.

"Some people wanted a lot more to the bond referendum proposal, some people wanted to streamline it. We believe that we found that common ground, a compromise," said Ossining schools Superintendent Phyllis Glassman.

The school bond proposal is scheduled to be voted upon on March 6. If passed, the bond would provide funds for necessary infrastructure repairs, including fixing the leaky roof at Anne M. Dorner Middle School, installing new boilers and fixing the exterior wall of the middle school, which has bricks that have been pushed out due to water seeping inside the wall.

The bond would also fund nine new science classrooms in Ossining High School, which has a science research program that was praised by the state Commissioner of Education, John King, during his visit to the Ossining school district last month.

In spring of 2011, a $69 million school bond proposal was defeated by about 500 votes. Glassman said the current bond proposal is "extremely conservative" compared with last year's proposal.

"This bond referendum really represents a continued investment in our community. The proposed bond addresses our financial future as well as the infrastructure needs and educational needs of our community," Glassman said.

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