Bond Could Be In Hendrick Hudson's Future

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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.

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  • I would support a small bond in the fall.

    31%
  • I would not support any bond.

    15%
  • I would support an override of the tax cap in the 2013-2014 budget year.

    11%
  • I would not support a bond, or an override of the tax cap.

    42%
  • I don't have an opinion.

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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. 

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Another year and the same Board who thought that spending over $25 million for two turf fields, and a Taj Mahal auditorium was so worth while. They and previous boards with similar thinking have never seen a budget they did not like. Spend and tax has and is the basis for everything they do. The last five years have seen our taxes increase at least 19%. Who has seen their income increase that much? The only way to stop this never ending cycle is have board members whose agenda is one for the whole community, and not just a few.

This is what you get when you have PEOPLE ON THE BOARD WHO DON'T KNOW ONE END FROM THE OTHER. The management of our school district is such a joke-they keep spending "our" money in the worst ways possible. I think the board should be replaced-they will bring down our district even more. Didn't the last administration teach us anything?

Do these numbskulls realize how much they have contributed to the increase of our property taxes the past ten years?!!
If they propose 'even a relatively small bond' I will walk door-to-door and recruit enraged taxpayers. This must stop. And while we're talking, since when is a new roof a capital expenditure? Shouldn't maintenance reserves be kept for such items? Of course not, in the realm of these incompetents, not if they can use borrowed money, on our reduced credit rating, mind you.
Westchester County has held the line on tax increases three years in a row, while the population grows. Hendrick Hudson grows its budget to the max every year while its school enrollment diminishes. What's wrong with this picture?

I am as upset as you. Our school taxes are out of control. I do feel that their needs to be changes in our schools in both the buildings and personel to address the fact that our schools are now targets of these nut jobs. I don't see how school officials could have planned for this. Borrowing money to deal with this is not a bad idea especially with interest as low as they are.

First of all, please don't try and push a new version of "implementing the dream" with a security measure on top of it. That would be an inappropriate approach. If we need to float a bond for security measures it should stand alone.
As for "implementing the dream" I would like to see the educators compromise some their own "dreams" to free up money so we can make improvements to the infrastructure to benefit our childrens education. I say "dreams" because people in the private sector can only
"dream" about the benefits that teachers get.