White Plains $48M school bond vote is today

Eastview Middle School is seen at 350 Main

Eastview Middle School is seen at 350 Main St. in White Plains. (Oct. 19, 2012) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

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White Plains residents will take to the polls Tuesday to vote on a $48.2 million bond proposal that would finance school reconstruction and improvements.

Under the proposal, the largest single portion of the funds -- $22 million -- would be used to reconstruct the heavily used Eastview School, built in 1925. About 500 students attend the middle school, which is also home to the White Plains Youth Bureau and Head Start and BOCES classes.

Other slated projects the bond would fund include extensive renovations of Ridgeway Elementary and playground improvements throughout the district.

School officials are also seeking to use $4.5 million of the money raised to add wireless capability to all facilities in the district, something White Plains Public Schools superintendent Christopher Clouet argues is necessary to keep up with the times.

"A variety of resources are available only digitally," Clouet said last week, citing the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Weekly Reader classroom magazine as two educational resources no longer available in print.

If approved, the bond would cost the average taxpayer in White Plains an additional $65.12 annually for 15 years on a tax levy increase of .72 percent. The debt service on the school district's most recent bond, passed in 2006, is about to be retired.

While Clouet said he won't predict the outcome of the special election, he is hopeful voters will "see the need for this capital investment."

Voting will take place from noon to 9 p.m. at six locations: Fire Station No. 5 (Harding & Robertson Avenues), Church Street School, Rochambeau School, Middle School-Highlands, Mamaroneck Avenue School and Ridgeway School.

Clouet said he expects the vote to be counted by 9:30 p.m.


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