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Ossining School Bond Up for Vote Tuesday

OSSINING, N.Y. – The Ossining Free School District’s $41.6 million bond proposal goes up for public vote Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ossining High School’s gymnasium.

School officials said that because Ossining residents have their names on the voters registration list, no paperwork is necessary prior to walking into the high school’s gym to cast their vote. District Clerk Vanessa Celio said Ossining schools have also taken steps to facilitate a high number of voters in order to get people in and out quickly.

“It should be a real quick process,” Celio said Monday, noting that roughly 20 district employees will be on hand to guide voters through the process. “There should be plenty of parking and voters don’t need to bring anything with them. We’ve got plenty of people there to help if they need it so it should be in and out.”

Ossining schools’ proposed plans call for roughly $8 million to repair five of six boiler systems in the district, $6.5 million is allocated to construct new second-floor classrooms at Ossining High School, $2.8 million will go toward expanding the Anne M. Dorner Middle School cafeteria, $2.5 million will cover consolidation of the middle school locker rooms, $1.8 million is for restructuring the middle school library, $2 million is for updating middle school science classrooms and $1 million will go toward replacing the middle school roof.

The previous $69 million bond proposal was defeated in April 2011. If approved, the new proposal should not cause any increase in the tax levy, school officials said, because of the potential new borrowing taking effect at the same time older loans are paid off.

Celio added that a teacher parking lot has been opened and is designated solely for voters to allow people to get in and out of the school quickly. Those looking for more information about the bond are asked to visit the district’s webpage . There is an independent website dedicated to asking residents to vote against the proposal . The Ossining Citizens for Schools also has a website supporting the proposed bond .

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