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City BOE Finalizing $48.2 Million Capital Proposal

With only four members of the White Plains Board of Education available for this week's meeting, the board couldn't vote on a capital project to improve nine district buildings. The vote is expected to take place on Aug. 28.

The White Plains Board of Education is two weeks away from voting on financing for a $48.2 million capital project that, if approved, would go to voters in October.

The board approved the capital plan and public vote at its Aug. 13 meeting, but with only four members present didn't have enough votes to finalize the plan's financing. The board did, however, approve a special city school district election and meeting to take place on Oct. 23.

If approved, the capital spending plan would raise the district's tax levy by .72 percent, which would increase the tax payment for an average White Plains home by $65.12 annually, according to district estimates.

The capital plan is focused on repairs to the Eastview Middle School building, where the district currently plans to spend $22.6 million for a "major renovation".

Improvements are also proposed for district's high school, including $1.95 million for wireless technology and $1.6 million for improvements to the school's auditorium and little theatre. (A school-by-school breakdown of the spending is provided in the chart below.)

Wireless technology for each school will cost a total of about $4.8 million, according to district estimates. If the capital improvement plan is approved, WiFi would be added to each district building. The rest of the spending is focused on maintenance and repairs to aging buildings.

After the board votes on the plan later this month, it would also need approval from the New York State Department of Education before it goes to voters this fall.

A task force approved by the district has been working on a capital plan since reviewing the condition of district buildings in 2010. A detailed plan was completed in June of this year.

Proposed Spending By Building

School Proposed Spending Ridgeway Elementary $4.1 million Highlands Middle School $6.9 million George Washington Elementary $3.4 million Mamaroneck Ave. Elementary $2.1 million Church Street Elementary $500,837 Post Road Elementary $146,000 Eastview Middle School $22.6 million High School $5.3 million Rochambeau School $2.8 million Education House $272,665 Dammann House $109,184
Susan Katz August 15, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I do not support spending the money to WiFi the schools. This will only provide the opportunity for students to spend time on their cell phones when they should be studying and/or paying attention in class. I don't think it's a good way to use taxpayer money.
J.R Burrows August 15, 2012 at 09:39 PM
My cell phone doesn't require wi-fi to work but I wish air-conditioning was included. How my kids learn anything in those sauna like buildings during the warmer months is beyond me.
2011 August 15, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I agree. I will vote NO come this fall.
2011 August 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Rather than trying to keep up with the Jones', the district needs to reevaluate their priorities. With all the fringe benefits, iPads for administrators, and escalating taxes, enough is enough. Get back to the basics, and when there times are better, and the resources are plentiful, then revisit these ideas. It's like I tell my own kids, I pay your needs, and not your wants. If you want something that you can't afford, earn the money to buy it. We taxpayers are Mom and Dad, the BOE and clouet are our spoiled children, who want more, even when there isn't any to give. NO is NO!

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