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Voters Pass Ossining Schools' $41.6M Bond Proposal

OSSINING, N.Y. – The Ossining School District’s $41.6 million bond proposal passed Tuesday night, garnering 1,954 supportive votes and 1,320 disapproving votes, school officials said. 

Superintendent Phyllis Glassman said she was “truly heartened” by the results.

“This vote is an affirmation of the value that we as a community place upon our children’s education,” Glassman told the gathered crowd at Ossining High School following the vote announcement. “And the recognition that we have achieved a true balance between the needs of our students and the needs of our community.”

School officials approximated 21,000 total registered voters in the Ossining School District.

Ossining schools’ proposed plans call for roughly $8 million to repair five of six boiler systems in the district, $6.5 million is allocated to construct new second floor classrooms at Ossining High School, $2.8 million to go toward expanding the Anne M. Dorner Middle School cafeteria, $2.5 million for consolidation of the middle school locker rooms, $1.8 million for restructuring the middle school library, $2 million for updating middle school science classrooms and $1 million to go toward replacing the middle school roof. 

Board of Education President Bill Kress thanked the community for their support.  

“This is a very significant moment,” Kress said. “Our district can start to make the necessary repairs and upgrades to our buildings without any additional tax burden to our residents.” 

Former school board member Teresa Belmont, who voted against the bond proposal, said before the announcement she would be disappointed if the vote passed. 

“They’re still playing games with this,” Belmont said. “There are things that these buildings need that I agree with but there are better ways of doing it than this.” 

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