WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Resident can vote on the $48.2 million bond for improvements throughout the White Plains school district from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday at regular polling locations.
“I know that we’ve done a lot of work to explain the details to people, and I’m confident that we have made the case that this is a good investment for the community – keeping the schools in good shape,” superintendent Chris Clouet said.
If the public approves the bond, it would raise the school tax levy 0.72 percent, which would result in a $65.12 increase in taxes for the average property owner.
The three areas of improvement would be roof repairs, playground upgrades and the addition of WiFi capability to numerous schools.
“We have a number of buildings that were built in the 1920s and like any building, including homes, it requires cycles of maintenance,” said Clouet. “We’ve gotten to a point where we need to do some very serious roof work in two of our buildings. In addition to that, we want to upgrade significantly our playgrounds, which are used by the entire community.”
Some of the costs include $22.5 million in renovations for Eastview School, $4.8 million to add WiFi throughout the district and $200,000 to upgrade playgrounds.
The 2012 Facility Task Force recommended the building and facility improvements. A total of 18 district and community members, including architects and planners, make up the task force, which assessed the condition of district buildings over seven months, a statement said.