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.