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Rye Board of Ed Sets New Bond Vote for March

RYE, N.Y. – The Rye Board of Education set a March 13 vote date for the new, leaner bond at its Jan. 24 meeting. The new bond proposal, which can be viewed in full at the district's website, shaves about $3.45 million off of the defeated $20 million bond proposal bringing the total bond cost down to $16.35 million.

In order to slim the bond down the district has completely removed almost all of the renovations, including the renovation of seven bathrooms, the high school girls and boys locker rooms, the high school guidance suite and the middle school nurse's office.

The new proposal also reduces the conversion of the existing seven science classrooms from 11 to nine general classrooms. However, the new bond maintains the addition of 12 new science classrooms, which accounts for 90 percent of the total bond cost.

The bond's primary focus is to meet the increase in incoming enrollment at the middle school and high school in the near future. According to data published on the district's website, the schools will experience a 9 percent increase in enrollment in 2016.

"We have to be ready for new students coming in," Rye High School Principal Patricia Taylor said in a video on the district's website. "We have a few big classes coming through and we don't have the room to put them in our current structure.”

With the removal of the four portable classrooms currently on the campus, the district is set to gain 10 new classrooms for its students.

According to assessments presented by the district's Superintendent of Business Kathleen Ryan, the estimated borrowing impact on the first year for an average household is $1.76 for 2012-2013. The full estimated impact of the bond is only $250.50 for the average household.

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