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Ossining School Board Considers $41M Bond

OSSINING, N.Y. – A proposal for a $41.6 million bond to repair and renovate facilities within the Ossining school district was presented at a board of education meeting on Wednesday night.

The proposal is "very scaled back" from last year's $69 million bond proposal, schools Superintendent Phyllis Glassman said. Voters defeated last year's bond proposal in April by about 500 votes.

"I look at this plan as responsible, well thought out. I like to call it a 'no tax impact' bond because at the end of the day it is not putting an undue burden on the community," said Ossining Board of Education member Steve Wardwell. "The responsible thing is to fix the boilers, fix the masonry, fix the roofs."

With photos of a science laboratory sink built in 1965 and a garbage can placed to collect water from a leaky roof, Deputy Superintendent Raymond Sanchez presented information on the new bond proposal.

Renovations planned for the Anne M. Dorner middle school include updates to science classrooms, renovations of the exterior wall, windows, roof, and heating and ventilation system, cafeteria expansion, the addition of multipurpose classrooms in the library, updated exit signs and emergency lights, replacement of lockers built in 1964, the relocation of music rooms to allow for cafeteria expansion and the addition of windows to improve the main entrance.

Also included in the bond proposal are boiler upgrades for Roosevelt, Park, Claremont and Brookside elementary schools, and at the high school, a new boiler and fuel tank, rehabilitation of the auditorium, and the addition of science classrooms to serve a growing student population.

The new bond proposal was scaled back from last year's $69 million proposal by cutting out $500,000 for Roosevelt School windows, $12.96 million for Claremont classroom additions and renovations, $5.92 million for middle school classroom clusters and centralized security entry and $11.33 million for renovations to the high school cafeteria, auditorium and security system.

This year’s bond proposal also would use $3.24 million to cover boiler upgrades at Claremont, Park and Roosevelt elementary schools.

"I see these as very basic renovations," said Ginny Loughlin, a resident of Ryder Road.

Bob Rosenbaum, the president of the Ossining Teachers' Association, said new science classrooms at the high school are a necessity.

"The science rooms are not at capacity. We're over capacity. We've been teaching science outside of science classrooms," he said.

Members of the board of education are slated to vote on the bond proposal in January, and the proposal would be voted on by residents in the spring.

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