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Ossining School Board to Host Dialogue Sessions

OSSINING, N.Y. – The Ossining Board of Education will host informal dialogue sessions at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ossining Community Center and at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Ossining Public Library ’s Café.

While the school board’s consideration of a $42 million bond proposal could be a major topic of discussion, Deputy Superintendent Raymond Sanchez said the dialogue will be an open format and parents, students and residents are invited to share any concerns they might have.

“There’s no formal agenda, it’s just the idea of let’s come in and let’s chat,” Sanchez said. “It’s a real focus of the board to look at our communications with our community and that’s what these dialogue sessions are about.”

While residents are allowed to attend both meetings, Sanchez said the idea was to set aside two separate times for people to speak to the board of education about topics concerning the Ossining Union Free School District .

“I’m sure (the proposed bond) will come up but the meeting is not specific to any set topic,” Sanchez said. “It can be a dialogue on student achievement or any issues parents or people in the community want to share.”

A proposal for a $41.6 million bond to repair and renovate facilities within the Ossining School District was presented at a board of education meeting in December. The previous $69 million bond proposal was defeated in April 2011 by roughly 500 votes.

“We’re well aware that the bond is coming up on March 6 and people might have a need for clarity on that too,” Sanchez said. “That’s why we’re asking people to come to the meeting. If they have questions or thoughts, this is the opportunity to share them.”

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