RYE, NY - Rye citizens have come out in droves to weigh in on a $20 million bond proposed by the school district. The bond includes the addition of 12 new science rooms, renovation of the Boys' and Girls' Locker Rooms, renovation of the High School's guidance suite, and the conversion of existing space into 12 general education classrooms.
The district has reported that as of 1:30 p.m. over 1267 people had voted on the issue.
Even Assemblyman George Latimer, who spent yesterday in Albany, managed to make it down for the vote.
"This bond has spawned major debate within the community," Latimer said, "It's the most interest I can recall over an issue in over thirty years". Latimer did not want to disclose where he stood on the issue.
"It's important to have the best schools available to maintain the property values within the city," Lawrence Glenn, a citizen of Rye, said outside the Middle School gymnasium.
Lawrence and his wife Barbara have lived in Rye since 1981, and have sent one child through the school system.
"Rye is a nationally recognized school district and there needs to be improvements in order to maintain that reputation," Barbara Glenn said echoing her husband's sentiment.
Rye resident Laura DeVita also said she would be supporting the passage of the bond.
"The schools are one of the reasons people come to this community," DeVita said. Devita, who has a children in the high school, middle school, and elementary school also stated the importance of "education over beautification".
Although most of the public outcry was positive, there were some who remained against the vote.
Carol Sellon, a retired teacher at Rye Country Day, voted against the bond citing a disproportionate allocation of funds as her reasoning.
"I feel that moneys have not been spent renovating the inside of the High School, which needs work," Sellon said.
"The most important thing to the success of the school is not the bricks and mortar," Sellon added, "It's the teachers".
The results will be announced at 8:00 tonight during the district's regularly scheduled board meeting.
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