New Rochelle residents to vote on $50M school bond
New Rochelle residents will vote Tuesday to decide whether they want to make nearly $50 million worth of improvements to the city's public schools.
Superintendent Brian Osborne and the New Rochelle School District took a closer look at all the school buildings after the ceiling at the Daniel Webster School collapsed last summer.
"We're going to be restoring what we call the building envelope," says Superintendent Osborne.
This building envelope includes roof, window and door repairs and replacements at all 10 of the district's schools.
They are also looking to ensure that all buildings are up to code and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
To fund the repairs, voters must approve a bond resolution of nearly $50 million.
"What we're asking for is very fiscally responsible and is good for kids and will help maintain the buildings, restore them to good health and preserve them for future use," says Superintendent Osborne.
The grassroots group ReformFirst.org opposes the bond vote.
The group says it is concerned the contractors who have done work in the district before will get the jobs and the results could be inferior.
"What we're calling for is to clean house first and get rid of some of these people, make reforms and then come back in May and we'll talk about a bond at that time," says Robert Cox, of ReformFirst.org.
If the bond passes, taxes are not expected to go up. The school district wants the vote now so it can start work in the summer.
The district says it has not given contracts to anyone yet, since the bond needs to be approved and architectural plans need to be drawn up.