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Bond Could Be In Hendrick Hudson's Future

From left, Hendrick Hudson Board of Education member Laurie Ryan, board president Mary-Pat Briggi and Hendrick Hudson Superintendent Brian Monahan.
From left, Hendrick Hudson Board of Education member Laurie Ryan, board president Mary-Pat Briggi and Hendrick Hudson Superintendent Brian Monahan. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza

CORTLANDT, N.Y. - Hendrick Hudson School District officials say a bond could be in the district's future, although officials haven't said how large the "relatively small" bond could be.

During budget discussions Wednesday evening, members of the Hendrick Hudson Board of Education discussed technology, safety and "security enhancements" that could be part of the bond.

Officials also said they'd discussed proposing a bond during the 2013-14 budget year but decided against the measure.

"We decided not to do a bond this year. Is there a discussion of when that might take place?" asked board member Barbara Petterson, referring to the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Hendrick Hudson Superintendent Brian Monahan responded it's a possibility the district could seek to pass a "relatively small bond" in the fall. Monahan would not comment on how large the bond could be.

"All of us have things we'd like to grow. I don't think this is the year for us to grow," Monahan said.

Board member Laurie Ryan asked Monahan how and when technology improvements, originally included in the failed "Implementing the Vision" bond , could be completed. Monahan said the district essentially has two options if the board wants improvements completed this year -- to override the state tax cap or issue a bond.

Last year, voters approved two bonds . The first bond, for $500,000, financed roof repairs at the Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School and repairs for the high school gym. The second, for $217,000, purchased four school buses.

In December 2011, voters rejected a $25.1 million bond that would have included technology repairs, as well as construction of a stand-alone performing arts center, a synthetic turf athletic field and several other district enhancements.