OPINION: In Favor of Ossining's School Bond

Ossining resident Victoria Gearity writes about why you should vote for the Ossining bond referendum in her letter to the editor.

Fellow Ossining School District Voters,

The most compelling reason to vote YES on the school bond Tuesday, March 6, is to consider what will happen if the bond doesn’t pass.  We will continue to waste significant amounts of taxpayer dollars.  estimates it could have saved $180,000, by using natural gas instead of oil last year alone if the boilers had been upgraded sooner. Absurd!

Our buildings don’t even meet current safety codes.  And the amount of money we waste on outdated, inefficient boilers using #6 oil, which costs more and is becoming nearly impossible to purchase, is shameful. 

The bond up will take advantage of low interest rates, historically low commercial construction costs, energy costs savings from more efficient systems, and an estimated $22.2 million in NYS Building Aid which we risk if we wait to address each issue as it becomes a crisis.

Anyone who understands the disrepair and inefficiency of our school buildings has a right to be angry.  Community members are welcome to attend school board meetings and ask important questions.  How did our schools deteriorate to this point?  How will we prevent ending up in this shameful condition again? 

Ask hard questions.  Engage in the conversation.  Work to support budgets that include ongoing repairs and improvements so we don’t face a must-pass bond referendum like this again.  That’s what will keep our schools great.  

And right now, tell everyone you know to vote on March 6.  And vote YES!


Victoria Gearity

Ossining, NY  10562

Andrew Kaplan March 02, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I for one am voting Yes to provide safer and better buildings for my own, and all of the children of Ossining, while not increasing my taxes. I urge fellow neighbors to do the same on Tuesday, March 6th.


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