RYE, N.Y. Superintendent Ed Shine proposed a leaner bond proposal for renovations and additions to the Rye school district at Tuesdays board of education meeting. The new proposal reduces the bond from $20 million to $16.4 million and calls for less renovations with an 18 percent reduction from the original plan, which was shot down by voters in December.
According to Shine, the newer proposal would still add 12 new science classrooms but reduce the number of general classrooms that would be converted from the existing science labs from 11 to nine.
At the behest of board member Edward Fox, Armand Quadrini of KSQ Architects spoke about how Rye's 50-year-old science labs are outdated by comparison to other local districts.
"It's not that were looking to build something that is the Cadillac of science classrooms," Quadrini said. "We're just trying to build a clean science clas room that is consummate with the rest of the area's schools."
Quadrini went on to confirm that there was nothing special or premium about the new science labs, stating that they are of vital composition.
"Those who object to the notion that we are building 'state of the art' classrooms don't realize that this is how science classrooms are built today," Fox said.
Board member Josh Nathan spoke about the importance of updating the science classrooms.
"Things do expire and we've heard universally that our science classrooms have expired," Nathan said. "I think weve heard that many parts of our building are in needs of repair, but this is the most pressing thing thats expiring."
Laura Slack, president of the board of education, welcomed all members of the public to come and deliver their comments on Shine's newest proposal, while acknowledging that the board will need time to consider the presentation.
"While the board needs time to look it over and digest, we encourage everyone to give us your comments," Slack said. "Its important that the public shares their thoughts and comments."
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