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Croton-Harmon Bond Referendum Explained Ahead Of Voting

Croton-Harmon Board of Education President Iris Bugliosi welcomed members of the community to the Oct. 6 meeting to discuss today's bond referendum.
Croton-Harmon Board of Education President Iris Bugliosi welcomed members of the community to the Oct. 6 meeting to discuss today's bond referendum. Photo Credit: Contributed

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Community members learned about the proposal and its financial details ahead of Tuesday's Croton-Harmon School District's bond referendum at recent  meeting.

Voting on the referendum is until 9 p.m. Tuesday at Croton-Harmon High School.

Community members were offered a tour of the district's three schools and hear from Board of Education President Iris Bugliosi at the recent meeting.

Armand Quadrini of KSQ Architects summarized the proposed projects and scope of the work, which includes projects at the district office and transportation facility..

According to Quadrini, the total amount of the proposed bond, $20.82 million, includes all associated costs.

That amount was determined after the Board of Education reviewed the district’s five-year capital facilities plan, which includes projects totaling about $45 million, and whittled down the priorities at each building to reach the proposed plan.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Deborah O’Connell discussed how the proposed work supports education, as well as the focus identified by the strategic coherence planning committee: “creative and critical thinking for problem-solving.”

She shared a video highlighting the proposed innovation and design lab at Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School and library media center upgrades at Croton-Harmon High School. They will enable students to “take charge of their own learning," O'Connell said.

If approved, the new debt service associated with the bond would replace older debt service that is being paid off by the district and the tax levy would not increase, according to Assistant Superintendent for Business Diane Chaissan.

Tuesday's vote will allow residents to weigh in on the creation of a capital reserve fund, which would be funded over the coming years up to $5 million, said Chaissan.

This fund, she said, could help pay for additional projects that were identified in the five-year building condition survey or projects identified through community input that are not part of today's referendum.

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