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Rye Voters Approve $16.3 Million Bond

RYE, N.Y. – Rye voters approved a $16.3 million school bond Tuesday that aims to address growing enrollment and upgrade the middle school/high school science labs.

There were 1,843 votes in favor of the bond referendum with 1,048 voting against, according to the district. The passed bond was a revised, trimmed down version of an original bond proposal that was defeated in mid-December.

Board of Education President Laura Slack said she was thrilled with the results and was thankful for the community's support.

"I would like to thank the Rye City School District community for voting in support of the bond referendum," Slack said. "We worked hard to develop a revised bond scope that provides a solution to our significant enrollment growth and shortage of space while addressing the concerns expressed by the community."

According to the district, $14.7 of the $16.3 million bond will go toward building updated science labs, while the majority of the remaining $1.6 million will be used to convert the existing labs into nine general classrooms. In total the bond nets the district 10 additional classrooms.

The district, which said it is currently functioning at over 100 percent capacity, predicts a spike in middle/high school enrollment of 200 students by 2021.

According to estimates produced by the district's consulting company KSQ Architects, the construction and conversions are scheduled to be completed before the enrollment bulge hits at the start of the 2014 school year.

In a presentation delivered to the board on Feb. 14, Assistant Superintendent of Business Kathleen Ryan detailed the financial impacts of the bond. According to Ryan, the tax impact on the average household for the first year is $1.76, while the estimated full tax impact for the first year of added debt for the average household is $250.50.

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