The Rye Neck Board of Education is expressing “disappointment” with the narrow defeat of its bond proposal Thursday, that would have provided additional space and enhanced instruction areas in the District’s four schools.
The measure failed by 17 votes.
“Our research concluded that basic infrastructure needs, growing enrollment of our district, and commitment to contemporary instructional environments demanded a comprehensive facilities approach. However, we respect our community’s reaction of the project, and will consider other options to meet these challenges in the coming months,” says a message on the Rye Neck Schools website.
$35.5 million would have renovated media centers at the elementary schools and added new classrooms at the middle and high school and a new science center.
According to reports, the annual tax costs for a home with an assessed value of $10,000 would have started at $35 in 2017-18, incrementally increased to $377 in 2020-21, and then gone down to $288 in 2022-23. The district was expecting a state reimbursement rate of 13.6 percent.