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School Bond Referendum Passes with 65% Voter Approval

results1After a protracted and contentious community debate, the $64.9 million bond to finance a renovation and expansion of Greenacres Elementary School and infrastructure improvements at all district schools passed with 65% voter approval.

Participation in the referendum was high, bringing out a total of 1,920 votes, with 1,253 voting yes and 667 voting no. These counts include100 absentee ballots.

Voting was brisk, especially in the evening hours when a PTA presentation about vaping brought parents to the school.

Scarsdale School Superintendent Dr.Thomas Hagerman and six of the seven board members were present along with PTA leaders, Stuart Mattey, John Trenholm, Eric Rauschenbach, Jerry Crisci, Rachel Moseley and Vicki Presser. Former School Board President Suzanne Seiden supervised the vote. All appeared relieved and pleased to hear the results. Dr. Hagerman thanked the volunteers "from the bottom of my heart" and said he appreciated their efforts on behalf of the children of the district.

Board President Bill Natbony thanked everyone who worked hard and said there were "tough projects in front of them" and that he "looked forward to working with all community stakeholders in the spirit of making Scarsdale Schools better."board2-8

This was Dr. Hagerman's second bond referendum in his three and a half years in Scarsdale. In December 2014, the community passed an $18.12 million referendum with an 82% approval rate on 908 votes. This year, more than double the voters turned out to vote on the largest bond referendum in Scarsdale's history, which passed by narrower margins than usual.
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#28 17 killed in a Florida high school today 2018-02-14 19:24
17 children killed in a Florida high school today. Our $65 million school bond allocates only $1 million toward security, and does not fund construction of secure vestibules at our high school or middle school. But it allocates $2.5 million toward fields...

Shouldn't we be hiring security experts to analyze our schools, make recommendations , and then throw some serious money at this? When will our administration (and voting public) finally take this seriously?
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#27 GA Parent 10583 2018-02-12 08:52
Quoting YES voter:
Instead of continuing to criticize the school board, administration, and every resident who (apparently) was stupid enough to vote YES, perhaps the NO voters should take a step back and be thankful that cooler heads prevailed (at almost a 2:1 ratio) and approved a bond that provides much-needed infrastructure repairs and upgrades to all the schools.

And as for the very vocal GA NO voters---perhaps you should be thankful that the vast majority of residents who have no children in GA, and probably don't even live in GA, have nonetheless voted to incur more than $30M of debt on your behalf so that GA can be renovated, at which point it will be the most modern, most up to date school in the Village.

This bond benefits the community as a whole. Be thankful that enough members of this community were willing to put aside their own self interests when casting their ballots.


"almost 2 to 1 ratio" huh? it needed a min 60% and got 65%, so it passed by ~100 votes. Given the Administration' s advantage with its complete email list, professional PR firm, and high cost glossies...some victory. ~100 votes saps up $65mn of borrowing capacity BEFORE we are told we need to raise taxes once we get around to putting together a 5 year plan....

but yes "almost 2 to 1" follows "safety, health; tax neutral;" nicely.
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#26 GA Baby 2018-02-11 17:06
Thank you to all Scarsdale residents for allocating $30MM to make my future school modern and safe. I am so excited to start my learning journey in a renovated classroom. #GAElementaryGr aduatingClassof 2028
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#25 Greeanacres Dad 2018-02-11 15:08
Forget about Save the Field - as long as the Board wanted to stay close to tax neutrality, there was never going to be a new school and as long as there was a renovation option that was cheaper than a new school the town would never support a bond for a new school. If money is no object, then sure, who wouldn’t want a new school, but that’s just not reality. If you need to find someone to blame and want to continue blaming Save the Field, you are kidding yourself.

Quoting GA parent:
I voted yes and I think most of Greenacres that voted yes felt like I did. I hate how we got to this project and think the Save the Field effort did a real disservice to our community. This project is not all that good. A new school would be infinitely better. But in the end I decided that something was better than nothing. I am in no way excited for this and think a huge opportunity is being wasted. That being said, if this bond had gone down I feel that there was no reason to expect that this same board would do better. So I voted yes. I was not excited about it but felt that this was as good as we were going to get.
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#24 Michael Blumstein 2018-02-11 15:07
Time to unite -- setting a important and needed example for the next generation. We're together raising essential money for deteriorating infrastructure at the bottom of the interest-rate cycle. That is smart and worthy of positive acclaim.
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#23 Resident 2018-02-11 12:09
Although many in the community did not feel that that this was the right bond package, I hope that the projects are done well and that the community is able to come together.

It is heartening that Scarsdale is willing to spend as much as it is on our educational system, even if the specific projects may not be “ideal”. The fact that voters are ok spending $35+ million on renovating a single elementary school shows that Scarsdale does not feel the need to be nearly as tight with spending as might have been the case following the tax law changes, revaluation concerns, healthcare cost increases, etc. That is a good thing for the future of our schools!
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#22 GA Resi 2018-02-09 18:57
GA Parent is sadly correct. There were no rational grounds for optimism as to what this admin/board would come up with if the bond failed. So the community has passed a stunningly uninspired project based almost entirely on fear and the board's slavish commitment to tax neutrality. It seems obvious to me though that we are well on the way to our elementary school facilities matching the quality of our roads.
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#21 GA parent 2018-02-09 17:26
I voted yes and I think most of Greenacres that voted yes felt like I did. I hate how we got to this project and think the Save the Field effort did a real disservice to our community. This project is not all that good. A new school would be infinitely better. But in the end I decided that something was better than nothing. I am in no way excited for this and think a huge opportunity is being wasted. That being said, if this bond had gone down I feel that there was no reason to expect that this same board would do better. So I voted yes. I was not excited about it but felt that this was as good as we were going to get.
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#20 Greenacres Parent 2018-02-09 15:56
When I look at the beautiful job that the District did with the new High School commons, I think Greenacres is lucky to have had the rest of the village agree to spend so much money on our school. Now, we in GA should come together and be vigilant on behalf of all the children to ensure that safety and success for all the children in the building during the renovation/addi tion is all of our jobs. Thank you Fox Meadow, Heathcoate, Quaker Ridge and Edgewood for supporting the bond.
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#19 Be nice 2018-02-09 15:41
I have two thoughts: 1) There is no way we can bury the hatchet. The tactics used by core “yes” group was very distasteful, it gave such a bad name to our town politics.
2) for those parents with young children voted “yes”, good luck with construction! Keep believing what ever the construction crew telling you.
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