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Letter: Vote Tuesday On Ossining School Bond

When I am out in town, I consistently hear that the schools are seen as a great source of pride and opportunity within our community. I hear that people value the diversity of our schools and that they are proud of the achievements of our students in the areas of academics, athletics, arts and the extracurricular offerings.

What many in the community may not be aware of however, is that our schools are at a critical juncture with many infrastructure needs, aging buildings in need of repairs, facilities in need of modernization to keep pace with the times, as well as growing enrollments that are pushing the limits beyond what our facilities can accommodate. The district began studying the facilities needs several years ago with the formation of the Facilities Advisory Committee that sought to come up with affordable solutions to the facilities needs that the district faced. Some of the original plans were never brought to the public to discuss because they were deemed too costly. Unfortunately, the current needs of the buildings are far more costly than can be borne in the school budget’s capital line.

Both my father and I grew up in Ossining and graduated from Ossining High School, I served as a police officer here, and my children attend both AMD and Claremont. I am proud to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Education and I take the responsibility of that position very seriously. This Bond focuses on infrastructure and safety needs and the creation of educational space to meet enrollment and educational needs. . . . I urge you to take your opportunity to vote on Tuesday, March 6th at OHS from 7 am to 9 pm.

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