Tonight, the Ossining school board will vote on putting a $69,000,000 bond for school expansions and renovations up for referendum.
The issue the district is facing is how to house the growing population of students they serve, which is a good thing. The solution, to spend almost $70 million, strikes me as not such a good thing. A few hundred extra students should not cost $70 million. Not too long ago, the high school was renovated extensively when the baby boom addition was found to have structural problems. The building was expanded later as well. Park school has had a recent addition. Presumably, all of the schools have been responsibly maintained. The superintendent of schools has characterized the initiative as “counterintuitive.” I love the salesmanship. But the price tag worries me terribly.
The breakdown is a follows:
- $30.6 million for the high school
- $24.6 million for the middle school
- $500,000 for Roosevelt, which currently houses 5th grade
- $13 million for Claremont school, including 9 new classrooms