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City of Rye Defeats $19.9 Million School Bond

RYE, N.Y. – The Rye School District announced its $20 million bond was voted down on Tuesday by a count of 1777-1471. The announcement was delivered at approximately 9:45 p.m. in front of a predominantly shocked crowd gathered in the Rye Middle School gymnasium.

Rye Board Of Education President Laura Slack expressed dissatisfaction with the results of the bond vote.

“Although the board is disappointed in the result,” Slack said in her address to the audience, “Our space challenge has not changed”.

Among the failed bond’s proposed changes were the addition of 12 new science classrooms, the renovation and conversion of existing space into 12 general education classrooms, as well as renovation of the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms.

“We simply don’t have the room to educate children,” Slack added, “Unfortunately it’s those who are unable to vote, the children, that are the true losers”.

Slack cited a “misinformed” and “troubling” “Vote No” campaign as one of the reasons for the bond’s failure. According to Slack, the board made extensive efforts to debunk the disinformation disseminated by the “Vote No” campaign but it was not enough.

“Unfortunately people believed the misinformation from the expensive campaign,” Slack said.

Slack concluded the evening by reiterating the board’s commitment to the project. “But we will not end our commitment” Slack said, “And will continue our dedication to addressing the space issue”.

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