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Bronxville Board Of Ed Proposes $25M Bond To 'Provide Expanded Opportunity'

The Bronxville School.
The Bronxville School. Photo Credit: File

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - With the Bronxville High School nearing its 100th anniversary, the district’s Board of Education has set a date for village residents to vote on a near $25 million dollar bond proposal that will “set up the building for the next 100 years.”

The Board unanimously adopted a resolution at Thursday night’s meeting to present a $24.8 bond proposal that will be put to a public vote on March 13. The project would address site improvements, repairs, infrastructure improvements and program-related enhancements.

According to the district, the proposed bond project is tax-neutral, so the district will not raise additional tax revenue to support the project, due to expiring debt from an earlier bond, which will retire in 2020 when the debt from the proposed bond would start.

The Board said that if approved, the bond referendum “would prepare the next generation of learners and provide them with expanded opportunities.”

Bronxville Schools Superintendent Roy Montesano said that “over the past several years, the district has deferred construction on significant maintenance and improvement projects to coincide with the 2020 maturity of bonds issued to finance the last major building construction project,” which was the “C Wing” project in 1999.

Site improvements would include the replacement of Chambers Field and track, which was installed in 2006, the replacement of the elementary school playground, which officials said “reached the end of its useful life,” and the installation of three additional pumps to complete the flood mitigation project that has been in the works for years.

Other improvements include the restoration of the school front facade, major roofing replacements and repairs, masonry work, brick pointing, electrical panel upgrades, plumbing, air conditioning in parts of the building, ventilation, and the replacement of certain flooring and ceiling tile sections.

“As we continue to build and expand upon the Bronxville Promise and prepare our students for their future, several necessary improvements have been identified that will enhance the overall teaching-learning experience,” Montesano said. ““The Bronxville School represents one of the top assets in our community, and this bond provides a rare and significant opportunity to make an important investment in our school, with minimal impact on taxes,”

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