After much discussion and debate, voters in Scarsdale ultimately decided to approve a near $65 million schools bond, most of which will be used to fund projects for the Greenacres School expansion.
Scarsdale residents came out in force on Thursday to vote on the bond, which has been a topic of debate for months. Ultimately, approximately 65 percent of voters approved the bond, with a final tally of 1,253 “yes” votes against 667 “no” votes.
The bulk of the bond will be put towards the expansion and renovation of Greenacres, which has been under discussion for more than a year. In total, approximately $35 million has been dedicated to the school, including plans to construct four new classrooms, a learning commons and multi-purpose rooms. Other updates include plans the installation of security cameras, new sewer and electrical upgrades, a reconfiguration of the building and a new courtyard.
“Over the past three years, there has been a significant amount of study, evaluation, and discussion regarding the path forward for the Greenacres Elementary School,” school officials said when proposing the bond.
“Input from the Greenacres community at large, parents of Greenacres students, teachers, administrators, and the District’s architects and engineers were all part of the decision-making process. An important part of the discourse on whether to expand and renovate the existing building, or build new, were the short- and long- term financial aspects of each option.”
Other renovations throughout the district will include the refurbishing and updating of more than a dozen classroom and multi-purpose rooms, roof replacements, the installation of security cameras and electrical upgrades.
"A good percentage of the work proposed District-wide in the 2018 Bond Scope focuses on items that have traditionally been categorized as building systems, infrastructure and security. For example: boilers, burners, air handlers, electrical panels (and) security cameras. We believe these are also projects that have a direct and meaningful impact on the educational quality and academic growth and achievement of our students," school officials stated. "The more we can do to help ensure a safe, healthy and secure environment for our children to learn in, the more we increase opportunities for creative and optimal learning
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