Port Chester residents vote on $12.5M school bond

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Port Chester residents are voting on a $12.5 million bond to make emergency repairs to the local middle school, after a concrete panel collapsed and prompted a six-day closure.

Many taxpayers oppose the plan. Last year, they narrowly agreed to an $80 million bond to help ease overcrowding in the district's schools.

Port Chester Superintendent Edward Kliszus says the money from this new bond will go toward repairing the concrete cantilevers, buying new windows and upgrading the school's ventilation system

"We need to invest in this property to bring it up to speed for the future," he says -- adding that he believes the $12.5 million price tag is a relative bargain. And majority of the funds will be reimbursed by the state, he says.

But critics say their taxes are high enough.

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